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.

KNWA’s Coverage of Our Red Kettle Kick-Off


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.

Angel Tree 2015 is Underway!

(KFSM) — As the holiday season draws nearer, it calls for the return of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

The program starts Wednesday (Nov. 18) at 18 locations in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas.

The Angel Tree program relies on community support to provide new clothing, toys and food for thousands of needy children in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Trees at the different locations are decorated with Angel Tags, which contain a child’s first name, age, gender and gift wishes.

Contributors can remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase the appropriate gifts for the child described on the tag. Then they can simply attach the tag to the gifts and return it to the location where they picked up the tag.

In addition to the gifts, the Salvation Army will also be providing food for each family in the program.

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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Fayetteville Youth Participate in ‘Super’ VBS Event

FayVBS1The Salvation Army of Fayetteville, Arkansas recently hosted it’s Vacation Bible School for the youth of the Corps. An outlet to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the young people of Northwest Arkansas, the week long event featured faith based skits and teachings and musical worship.

On opening night, Corps Officer Lt. Josh Robinett presented a skit. In the story, two superheroes became stuck in quicksand. Once the heroes were freed from their entrapment, one superhero took decided to take credit for their rescue for himself, while the other superhero point out that without the grace of God, they could not have been saved. The presentation was an opportunity for the youth to hear the gospel message in a creative and entertaining way.

FayVBS2The event also gave the kids the chance to participate in games where prizes were awarded to those who participated. An array of snacks and drinks were also provided to the 70-80 youth who visited the Fayetteville Corps each night.

For more information on the youth programs of the Fayetteville Corps, call (479) 521-2151.

2014 Annual Banquet a Success

NWABanquet4-300x169The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas held its 2014 Annual Banquet, gathering over 400 donors, volunteers, advisory board members and supporters for an evening of celebration and inspiration.

An hour before the program began, attendees were invited to a meet and greet reception with the area officers and distinguished guests. During the time of fellowship, a silent auction took place where autographed sports and movie memorabilia were available to bid on.

The event opened with KNWA anchor and emcee Marissa Kargas who introduced a trio of videos that told the story of clients who had been helped directly by The Salvation Army’s Northwest Arkansas Area Command. The subjects of the videos, who were in attendance, were recognized and greeted by a chorus of applause.

NWABanquet1-300x169Headlining the Annual Banquet was special guest speaker Charlotte Jones Anderson, National Advisory Board Chairman. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Charlotte Jones Anderson went on to become the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer for the Dallas Cowboys. Her role with the Cowboys allowed her to introduce a groundbreaking approach to fund-raising through the Army’s Red Kettle program with the annual Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff Halftime Show each Thanksgiving. Through the Halftime Show, the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army partner together to present a nationally recognized musical entertainer who preforms a show that pivots around the Red Kettle theme. Since the launch of the Red Kettle Kickoff Halftime Show in 1997, the Red Kettle has raised over 1.8 billion dollars.

As Charlotte Jones Anderson addressed the audience, she spoke on the longstanding partnership of integrity and trust between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army. As she chairs the National Advisory Board, Anderson continually speaks to audiences about the need for helping hands, not only during Christmas, but all year long. As her speech came to a close, Anderson appealed to the people of Northwest Arkansas to get involved with The Salvation Army, adding that “compassion is not a spectator sport, everyone has to play.”

  NWABanquet2-300x169 Bringing the event to a close was the presentation of the Volunteer of the Year and Business Partner of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year Award was given posthumous to a Wilbert Barbian who had volunteered 40 or more hours for over eight consecutive years. The Business Partner of the Year Award was presented to Tyson Foods, who has supported The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas for over 20 years.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Northwest Arkansas Area Command, visit them online at

Donations Needed



February 12th, 2014



Fayetteville, AR (February 12, 2014) – The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is running low on donations such as furniture and clothing items.

Donations of these items have been lower than usual over the past several months and it has caused our stores to run low.

If you would like to give, you can drop off donations at any Salvation Army location.  You can also call and have us pick up a donation at 479-521-2151.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to