Cooling Centers Open During Hot Weather

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) –Summer hasn’t even officially started but temperatures are soaring, which poses a threat for the elderly and those without a place to cool down. Luckily, several local organizations are offering help.

The Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center has been handing out fans to seniors in need this week, after receiving a donation from Home Depot.

Fayetteville Senior Center director Cayla Wilson said each day the center delivers meals on wheels. While they are there, they check to make sure the air conditioning is working in the seniors’ homes.

“We’re taking extra precautions to make sure everyone has a fan, has their air conditioner going and is very aware to stay hydrated and to not be out in the heat,” Wilson said.

Joyce Gilly is one of the seniors whom the center checks on daily, and she said the visit is always appreciated.

“It’s a good thing, it’s a real good thing,” said Gilly. “I just can’t say thanks enough to the people that bring them to me, you know?”

The Salvation Army in both Bentonville and Fayetteville will be open as cooling stations on any day when the feels-like temperature is 95 degrees or higher. They are open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., which is when the night shelter opens.

“We have a lot of moms with kiddos who are just walking around the city, and when it gets really hot this is a place for them to come,” said Lindsey Strong. “We have cold water, we have snacks, so it’s a great place for them. We have some elderly people who may not be able to make it through those hot times.”

Seven Hills homeless center in Fayetteville will also be open to people looking to cool off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Cooling Centers Open To Help People Stay Safe In The Heat

Sweet Treats come to Northwest Arkansas


June 3 is National Donut Day! Did you know that National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army?

It started during World War I when female volunteers from the Salvation Army wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers. They began frying donuts in helmets!

The women volunteers became known as the “Donut Lassies.”

To commemorate the donut lassies, President Dwight Eisenhower made the day official!

Here are a few more facts about #NationalDonutDay:

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
This year, the Salvation Army NWA is partnering with Krispy Kreme for National Donut Day.

Krispy Kreme donated 40 boxes of donuts to be delivered all through Northwest Arkansas!

For more information and video of the Salvation Army and National Donut Day, click here!

Razorback Food Recovery Feeds Shelter from Shareholders


The Razorback Food Recovery is distributing unused food from the Walmart Week events for the third year.

University of Arkansas volunteers will help distribute the food from Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The unserved food will go to Lifesource International, 7 Hills Day Center, the House of Hope Mission Center and The Salvation Army.

Chartwell Dining Service workers will collect the unused food after meals and store them in a refrigerator truck donated by Tyson Food’s.

The purpose of the project is to reduce food wasted and feed the hungry.

See the full story here!