Honor Lenten season by giving

LITTLE ROCK – Methodist Family Health Foundation has a way for Arkansans to honor the Lenten season by contributing to the state’s children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and those managing psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues.

Kathy and Steve Wright from Mountainside UMC in Hot Springs.

The 14th Annual Get Up & Give collection project asks Arkansans to contribute necessities to the children and families in our care. The project is during the entire 40 days of Lent – Wed., Feb. 22 through Thurs., Apr. 6 – and both children and adults can participate by donating personal hygiene items, clothes, shoes, school supplies, bedding, funds and other necessities to the Methodist Counseling Clinic in their community. 

“Many of the children in our care are abandoned, abused and neglected,” said Kelli Reep, director of communications for Methodist Family Health. “Others are in the foster care system or have families with few monetary resources. By providing them things like new underwear, deodorant, their own school supplies – even books and toys – our community demonstrates to them that there are people who care about them and their well-being.”

This year, there is a new component to the annual Get Up & Give drive – businesses and organizations can compete to collect the most items for an award. This is a way for employees, contractors and volunteers to give the Arkansas children and families in their communities a sense of dignity, and the company or organization bringing in the most items and/or funds will receive an award. To participate, contact Bec Dwyer-Coop, CFRE, director of development of Methodist Family Health Foundation, at [email protected] or 501-906-4202.

Methodist Family Health asks that all items contributed through Get Up & Give are new. Monetary donations also can be made so specific items can be purchased to meet the needs of the Arkansas children and families in our care. 

Contributions can deliver to the following locations, including:

  • Alma: 1209 Hwy 71N, Suite B, Alma, AR 72921; phone 479.632.1022
  • Batesville: 500 E. Main St., Suite 310, Batesville, AR 72501; phone 870.569.4890
  • Fayetteville: 74 W. Sunbridge Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703; phone 479.582.5565
  • Heber Springs: 515 N. Main St., Heber Springs, AR 72543; phone 501.365.3022
  • Hot Springs: 100 Ridgeway, Suite 5, Hot Springs, AR 71901; phone 501.318.6066
  • Jonesboro: 2239 S. Caraway, Suite M, Jonesboro, AR 72401; phone 870.910.3757
  • Little Rock: 1600 Aldersgate Road, Suite 100B, Little Rock, AR 72205; phone 501.537.3991
  • Magnolia: 621 E. North St., Magnolia, AR 71753; phone 870.234.0739

For a list of necessities we are requesting, a Get Up & Give flyer or more information, visit methodistfamily.org/get-up-and-give.html or call 501.906.4201.