Ashley Home Makeover


FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Salvation Army along with Ashley Furniture helped a family on Tuesday with a home makeover.

Two children’s bedrooms were remodeled and renovated, much to the kids’ surprise.

The Salvation Army said that it relies on donations through the “Red Kettle Program” to make moments like this story possible.

Donations are accepted throughout the year.

To view more photos from the event visit The Salvation Army of NWA Facebook Page.

Willowbrook Elementary Visits Shelter

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Sanjay Sanjit (cq) (left), Willowbrook Elementary kindergartener, and Aeneas Puga, fourth-grader, fill up a gift bag on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, inside the Salvation Army shelter in Bentonville. Students from Debbie Shiohira's (cq) kindergarten class and Bracy (cq) Jennings' fourth-grade class decided to visit the the shelter and fill and distribute 52 gift bags with snacks and drinks for the shelter's residents in lieu of having a holiday party at the school.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Sanjay Sanjit (cq) (left), Willowbrook Elementary kindergartener, and Aeneas Puga, fourth-grader, fill up a gift bag on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, inside the Salvation Army shelter in Bentonville. Students from Debbie Shiohira’s (cq) kindergarten class and Bracy (cq) Jennings’ fourth-grade class decided to visit the the shelter and fill and distribute 52 gift bags with snacks and drinks for the shelter’s residents in lieu of having a holiday party at the school.

 

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Ella Claire Rushing, Willowbrook Elementary kindergartener, fills up a gift bag on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, inside the Salvation Army shelter in Bentonville. Students from Debbie Shiohira's (cq) kindergarten class and Bracy (cq) Jennings' fourth-grade class decided to visit the the shelter and fill and distribute 52 gift bags with snacks and drinks for the shelter's residents in lieu of having a holiday party at the school.

Ella Claire Rushing, Willowbrook Elementary kindergartener, fills up a gift bag on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, inside the Salvation Army shelter in Bentonville. Students from Debbie Shiohira’s (cq) kindergarten class and Bracy (cq) Jennings’ fourth-grade class decided to visit the the shelter and fill and distribute 52 gift bags with snacks and drinks for the shelter’s residents in lieu of having a holiday party at the school.

Women’s Auxiliary of NW Arkansas

When Twyla Burt moved to Northwest Arkansas, she was in search of a nonprofit organization where she could spend her time as a volunteer. Twyla Burt, founder of the Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, chose the organization as her volunteering.

She looked around, surveying the many philanthropic groups, but when it came down to it the answer was easy.

The Salvation Army.

What: needs donations of food, clothing and always more volunteers
When: year round
Where: Fayetteville and Bentonville shelters; Ladies Auxiliary in Springdale
Information:salvationarmyaok.org/nwarkansas or (479) 521-2151

“The Salvation Army has been around 150 years,” Burt says. “They’re in over 100 countries, so they must be doing something right.”

At first, she dedicated her time to cooking meals at the shelter on Thanksgiving and Christmas, then progressed to ringing bells in front of the iconic red kettle buckets and volunteering with Angel Tree, the organization’s way of providing Christmas gifts to children in need during the holiday season.

Eight years later, she’s logged some years on the board of directors and this year began the first Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary. The group of women act as a fundraising arm for the organization that provides food, clothing and shelter; programs for recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and after-school services for children, like snacks and summer programs.

Ladies Auxiliary is “independent; we’re not members of the Salvation Army, we’re not officers,” says Burt, director of the auxiliary. “We’re residents of the area, all volunteers. Everything we do, we do for the [Salvation Army] programs. The money that we raise during our fundraisers go 100 percent to the programs.”

The reason those programs are so important, she says, is because it’s all some of their clients have. Many of the men who enter the Corps Salvage and Rehabilitation Center (CSRC) have been turned away by their family members, don’t have a job and have no way to receive proper services to get themselves back on track.

“A lot of our programs, if we cut them, it would meant the difference between life and death,” Burt says. “In the program that deals with drug and alcohol abuse, some of those men — if they didn’t get any help — could not afford to go to an individual facility that handles [recovery from that]. They might be on the street.”

Instead, the CSRC gives them help distancing themselves from those substances and overcoming their addictions — meanwhile providing a place for them to work, stay and subsequently make friends, do their laundry, have regular hot meals.

It’s a place where they can reconfigure before trying again to find jobs, repair relationships and get back to life as they knew it. And most importantly, it’s a place where anyone who walks through the door can get the most valued commodity of all: respect.

Burt sees it especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas, as she hands out food, looks them in the eye and wishes them a happy holiday.

“They’re just like you and I, they just want respect,” she says. “They’re down on their luck. They might have had a job making $100,000 a year before; lost everything and they’re trying to get back on their feet.”

What we do “is try to give people hope [because] with hope comes healing.”

Rewarding for Burt, too, is the company she keeps while volunteering. Many of the Salvation Army officers, members and volunteers grew up with the Salvation Army as the only constant in their lives, amid multiple moves, unstable home life and trouble fitting in at school.

“It’s impressive [to meet them] because you can see where Salvation Army made a difference in their lives,” she says. “Those children would have fallen between the cracks if they hadn’t had that stable environment to go to and … learn how to deal with life.”

Children who spend time at the Salvation Army shelters can pop in for snacks after school and get a bag of food to take home. Salvation Army provides that because the ones who show up on their doorstep aren’t getting much more to eat than what’s provided at school, Burt says. Summer programs send the children to camp for a week at next to no cost to their families — often giving them a chance to travel for the first time and create lasting friendships.

It gives them a chance to experience that same respect that the men of CSRC are looking for and a chance to gain the sort of supportive relationships that they deserve. Because for the many families living in poverty in Northwest Arkansas, life is very different.

Burt recalls a man who asked a Salvation Army lieutenant for help with his son, who he claimed was stealing. When the lieutenant dug deeper, he realized the boy was simply helping himself to a snack in the refrigerator in his own home.

“People who grow up in poverty look at things differently,” Burt says. “The children don’t get anything and they suffer. Most people don’t see that; we live in our own world and don’t want to see things like that.

“But when you step down and start listening and looking around, there’s a lot [to see].”

NAN Profiles on 12/13/2015

Photographer: Michael Woods Credit: NWA Democrat-Gazette
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Who Will Win Your Vote??

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS —

The Salvation Army has kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign, and KNWA & Fox 24 want to help with some healthy competition!

The morning and evening crews from both stations have set up online Red Kettles:

You can donate to the AM crew kettle HERE.

You can donate to the PM crew kettle HERE.

Click HERE for more information on the Salvation Army of NWA.

Angel Tree Deadline Approaches

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM)– The deadline for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program is fast approaching, and many children in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are still in need.

Cadet-in-training Charlsie Godwin said the program is a way for parents who can’t afford Christmas, to still have their kids taken care of. She said in addition to the gifts, all of the families in the Angel Tree program also receive a holiday food box.

“Many children may not have ever experienced the joy of getting Christmas presents, they may not even have a winter coat to wear, clothes or shoes,” Godwin said, “The Salvation Army, through our community, is able to provide those things for these children.”

Prairie Grove residents Holly Griffin and Nine Jinks decided to adopt an angel for the first time this year. Jinks said she was looking for children who needed basic items.

“I have Anthony and Janet,” Jinks said. “Janet is 1 and she’s needing diapers, educational toys and clothes, and little Anthony is also 1 and he wants balls, plush toys diapers.”

Godwin said many of the kids ask for toys or games, but some need necessities like diapers, mattresses and warm clothes. Griffin said the program is a perfect way to give back.

“Showing them the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus I think is very important,” Griffin said.

Godwin said wherever a person picks up an Angel Tree tag, that’s where the gift needs to be returned. The deadline for the Northwest Arkansas locations is Dec. 9, while the deadline in the River Valley is Dec. 16.

The Northwest Arkansas pickup locations are:

Northwest Arkansas Mall 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville
Walmart 3919 N. Mall Ave. , Fayetteville
Walmart 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Fayetteville
Walmart 2004 S. Pleasant, Springdale
Walmart 2110 W. Walnut, Rogers
Walmart 4208 Pleasant Crossing, Rogers
Walmart 406 Sam Walton, Bentonville
Walmart 2901 Hwy 412 East, Siloam Springs
Walmart 157 Gary Hatfield Way, Huntsville

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Thanksgiving Dinner is Served

The Salvation Army served up a traditional turkey day feast.
The shelters in both Fayetteville and Bentonville hosted hundreds of people Thursday.

Each meal came complete with turkey and all the fixings and, of course, good company.

“We want to help,” explains Major Dan Matthews with the Salvation Army of NWA. “We want to be able to reach out to these folks and at least give them a good Thanksgiving meal and encourage them today, pray for them, and just let them know we’re here for them.”

Several people in the community volunteered to serve the meals at the Salvation Army.
In all, about 300 people were treated to a warm meal.

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/salvation-army-serves-thanksgiving-dinner

KNWA’s Coverage of Our Red Kettle Kick-Off

FAYETTEVILLE, AR —

Before the Lights of the Ozarks parade kicked off Friday night, The Salvation Army kicked off the National Red Kettle Campaign on the Fayetteville Square.

Nationally, the Salvation Army hopes to raise $4 million this year with its classic red kettles and ringing bells.
Here in Northwest Arkansas, the goal is to raise $380,000, according to Major Dan Matthews with the Salvation Army.

“You’re already hearing the bells ringing across Northwest Arkansas, and there’s more to come,” Major Matthews said. “All of the money raised in NW Arkansas stays in NWA,” according to Major Matthews.

To learn more about the Salvation Army and its programs, click HERE.

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/salvation-army-kicks-off-red-kettle-campaign