From August, 2008

“Good Neighbor Food Drive” Launch Day…Unbelievable!

From Gabe Rodriguez…

The first Good Neighbor Food Drive was held Aug. 23rd by the residents of the Montreaux, Berry Farms and Bent Tree subdivisions and by all accounts it was a huge success!

I want to thank each household that participated in this event for being such a “Good Neighbor”. Our neighbors truly have generous hearts!

We collected over 1,600 pounds of food or approximately 2,600 food items. Each subdivision had about a 40% participation rate. The food we collect was enough to feed 260 families for 1-week.

All food donations were delivered Sunday morning to the Samaritan House in Rogers. Ron Yowell, who works at Samaritan House, informed me that the food we donated was the largest single non-corporate donation he had received and was blown away by the generosity.

Thanks again to all the residents that participated! I’d like to give special thanks to our volunteers:

Vicky and Summer Smiley
Rocky, Lisa and Jake Parsons
Topher, Brittney, Esther & Gracyn Moore

Thank you all for your generous hearts!
Gabe, Michelle & Benjamin Rodriguez

The Life @ Restoration Village!

I’m told the storm actually split and went around us this morning…

Thanks to the approx. 35 members of The Life from Fellowship Bible Church that volunteered today to serve at Restoration Village!

The goal was to start painting the Maternity House at the Village and…well…it is finished.  Really hard to believe that in a few short hours it is done.  What a credit to all the volunteers and motivation of those that worked so hard.

Additionally, HUGE thanks to Rubbermaid for their donation of paint brushes, rollers, paint trays and liners.  Without that donation, we would not have had enough supplies for all the volunteers.  Could not have done this without you.  Thank You!

Shear Kindness Initiative Launch Day!

“Can something as simple as a haircut change the world?"

Saturday we began to see the answer.

Three stylists from Mia Bella Salon in Bentonville (2111 E Central, Suite 1 or 271-0000) volunteered their time and talents to make a rainy day a bit more beautiful for the women and children at Restoration Village.

Little boys grinning ear to ear as the clippers skimmed their necks; little girls admiring their precious new trims with pride as they looked in the mirror; tired mommies being rejuvenated by fresh new styles; and stylists who came to do for free what they do daily, being visibly moved by the impact of their service for these families.

So back to the question: "Can something as simple as a haircut change the world?"

For these busy moms who do all they can for their kids and sometimes don’t have time for themselves, a chance to be pampered by someone else is a rare luxury.

For some it may have been just a haircut, for others their simple haircuts seemed to give a sense of worth and value that could be seen on their faces. Stress, anxiety and the heaviness of life seemed to fall from their shoulders as their cut hair fell to the ground.

Three stylists who came to perform basic haircuts, surely were rewarded with a sense of purpose beyond themselves as they watched their simple act of kindness transform into a gift of dignity and beauty.

For those of us involved in Shear Kindness, our world is beginning to change…with just a simple haircut.

HUGE thanks to Mia Bella Salon in Bentonville and Chandra Meyers (owner/color specialist), Stephanie Pinches (color specialist) and Sandra Brodie (stylist) for their unbelievable heart!

If you would like to help next time (targeting Dec), please contact Brittney Moore @

Mia Bella Salon supports 1st Shear Kindness Initiative!


A Place to Lay My Head (Flare to Story)

Flash to Story…

David Engle, Exec Director Restoration Village, sent me a note regarding a need for two single beds for a lady who was moving out of Restoration Village and into her own place with two children.  This is the amazing story because it’s people like David & Beverly that have given this family a place to call home if even for a little while.

She was in need to two twin mattresses, so we sent out a Flare.  As a result, someone was able to identify this need and donated one of these beds.  We had others that came forward with larger beds, but this family was in need of twin beds.

Here is the story from their perspective….

From e-mail message….

Recently my sister shared with me that some of the teenage girls that she leads in a class were commenting that they should just "go on a trip to New York or someplace" because there aren’t any poor people here! She was amazed at their "naivete" and assured them that there were numerous needs to be met right in their own backyard!

One of the unfortunate things about (Restoration Village) is that they are often given left-overs….sometimes the leftovers are very nice, but the majority is very old, unstylish, and dirty.

The woman, who was moving out of the Village, had no belongings. Most of the residents don’t. They come with the clothes on their backs… anyway, this particular woman is the aunt of a precious girl and boy. The parents are unable to be involved. She was finally able to receive some housing and was so excited to be moving out. She really didn’t have furniture, and was given some "hand-me-downs." When she was called and told that 2 new mattresses and sheets had been provided for her, she broke down in streaming tears and said, "I never thought I would get a new mattress! God is answering prayers!"

I think one of the amazing things about the Village is how much love is shown by people (whether its through service projects or meeting needs) and how God uses that love to show these broken women and children how much HE truly does love them and cares about their needs!!!

Thanks for helping to meet this need…amazing!