From November, 2008

Bentonville High School YACHT Club Food & Clothing Drive

Nov 17th to Nov 21st was a week that doesn’t happen in very many high schools…after all…what were you interested or concerned with when you were in High School?

The Bentonville High School’s YACHT (Youth Against Complacency and Hunger Today) Club sponsered a school wide Food & Clothing Drive to Benefit Seven Hills Homeless Shelter in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The entire week was staged to help raise awareness, collect food and clothing donations and help make a big difference in NW Arkansas. No surprise but this caught the eye of the local media that also sees a group of high school students focused on helping others in a big way.

40/29 TV ran a news story and The Benton County Daily Record an article on the local newspaper titled: “Students FREEZE for Charity”

Helping to raise awareness, Jon Woodward, Seven Hills Homeless Shelter Executive Director recorded a qucik video to share the need, tell the stories and thank the BHS students for their efforts. Here is that video…


At the end of the week on Friday, 5 SUVs and Trucks loaded up the donations and took them down to Seven Hills to be delivered. We are still waiting on the final talley of donations, but schools out this week. :-)

Unbelievable thank you to all the students of Bentonville High School for giving towards this cause and making a difference in the world!

Huge shout out to students Allie Arend and Mason Shaw and teacher sponser Kilby Kirkconnell for making it all happen. Additional thanks to the parents, teachers and Cobblestone Project members for helping.

Rogers, Springdale or Fayetteville High Schools…think you can top this?

When a “Good Neighbor Food Drive” Becomes More About the “Good Neighbor” than the “Food Drive”…

Below is a story from a Bella Vista neighborhood on part of their experience during their Good Neighbor Food Drive (story told from their perspective)…

Before the food drive, we were walking the neighborhood to put notices on the door and one of our neighbors was already prepared and waiting for us with eight or so bags already filled

He started to carry the bags out to our car, and I got out to help open the trunk.

I said to him, “this is great, you out did yourself. This is so much more than we had hoped for.”

He just looked back at me and said, “Well, I won’t be needing all of this since I lost my wife.”

“When?”, I asked.

“Two days ago”, he replied.

Tears filled both of our eyes as we had not heard the news, so we just stood there and just hugged.

He shared with us that she had gone blind the last few months, and had been having trouble with her heart. She required an operation that was considered very high risk, and she did not come out of the surgery two days ago.

This couple had only lived in our neighborhood a couple of years. We did not know them very well, and they had no family here. He had been her only care giver, but today our role was to stand there with him and let him know we cared.

After we left, we started calling the other neighbors to share the need. The neighborhood began to rally and meals were arraigned for him, people came to visit so he was not alone during this period. The visitation for his wife was on Sunday, and the neighborhood came to show their support.

As the neighbors started showing up and surrounded him, he said “So this is what they call Southern Hospitality. We would have never seen this where we came from.”

We now have someone we can love and support during their time of need and he is not alone.

Amazing story!

And don’t forget, this group gathered over 2,900 lbs of food that was donated to the Samaritan Community Center!

You can see them in action in the last few minutes of this video

When Someone Returns to Say Thank You…(Good Neighbor Food Drive in Centeron)

Below is an email that Cobblestone Project received from The Way Ministries after a local family conducted a Good Neighbor Food Drive in Centerton.  The story is powerful because within it lies a story of a cycle being broken, people being helped that don’t forget and return to help those that still have need.

This is a true story of Community Without Need that is forming…

David and Tawny Donell and their 6 children were new to the area when they came to The Way Ministries for some assistance with food because David hadn’t found a job yet. So we loaded them us with some food.

David and Tawny remembered that, and after David got a job they decided to do a food drive on their block and raised some 200 lbs of food and donated it to The Way Ministries at 413 W. Centerton Blvd. to help other families who from time to time find themselves in difficult situations.

Here are some of the pictures of them bringing the food into the building and doing an inventory to see what they had collected.

God Bless and Enjoy God’s Blessings.

Brother Gerry


The Way Ministries

Nov Laundry Love Project Continues to Grow!

The Nov edition of Laundry Love Project Fayetteville continued to see an increase in the number of guests and loads of laundry washed.

Over 100 loads of laundry washed as LLP hosted approx. 60 guests at Britewash Laundry in Fayetteville.

Special help from Einstein’s Bagel Company in Rogers, Ark for donating some very filling (and delicious) bagels for the LLP Guests.

Special thanks to all the volunteers as we were able to include some new faces for LLP this month.  Can’t wait until next months.

Huge thanks to all the people that donated quarters to make this night possible and as this continues to grow, your donations have made this a sustainable initiative that is helping in so many ways.

7th graders make a difference!

Since when did 7th grade students start becoming interested and concerned with hunger and poverty in our community? I know that when I was a teenager that was the farthest thing from my mind.

How have these students become so service minded?

When 7th grade teacher, Missy Allen, contacted the Cobblestone Project, we had no idea how much of an impact her idea would have. She was seeking ways to help her students become involved in their community. With some brainstorming and action on her part, she implemented a curriculum to spark the imagination, creativity, and action among her 7th grade students.

First, she had the students study aspects of Arkansas History in which people have given back to their communities.

Second, she encouraged her kids to have a class-wide food drive.

Her class donated 420 cans of food!

Missy also put her kids to work by giving them an assignment: to think of an idea that would help their community. One student Ruth Davis, even decided to take the next step with her idea and follow through by implementing it in her own neighborhood. She is delivering flyers, asking for food and clothing donations to benefit Restoration Village, a ministry for women and children in a crisis time of their lives.

These students are paving the way for our next generation. Not only are they making a difference today, they are casting the vision for our future!

If you are a teacher or student that is interested in how you can make a difference like the "Elmwood Gives Back" class, please contact for more information and ideas.