From December, 2008

Food Banks & Shelters Expecting Shortages Beginning in February

An article in the Benton County Daily Record on Dec 26th (, demonstrates the tremendous response that our communities are capable of when it comes to making a difference against hunger.

However, the size of the need continues to be larger than the size of the response. Without any actions, the expectation is that local shelters and food banks will begin to experience shortages the beginning of February.

Good Neighbor Food Drives are one way that each community can pull together to help cover this expected shortage and ensure that there is enough food for all of our neighbors.

For more information about Good Neighbor Food Drives, visit website to see if one is planned for your neighborhood. If there is not one scheduled, would you consider coordinating one in your neighborhood?

Wallpaper Won’t Stop Us!

December’s 2nd Saturday at Restoration Village matched the volunteers against one of their toughest adversaries yet…wall paper.

But the volunteers emerged victorious once again as they helped prepare two rooms that will allow some new residents to find a home.

And while these efforts are awesome, the real work is just beginning for the staff at Restoration Village as they continue their incredible efforts to put people back on the road to recovery of a “normal life.”

Special thanks to the Community Group of James & Sara Kissinger, Randall & Angie Simmermon and Dave Henderson for helping strip wall paper, paint the rooms in the Lodge, and hang Christmas decorations.  I was lucky enough to be out there yesterday to finish up a few things and the place looked amazing!

Super huge thanks to Jim Prestwood for heading up the days activities and helping to make it a succesful day.

Still much work to do, but it’s the efforts of people just like this that move mountains.  Thank you all!

December’s Laundry Love Project: Fayetteville

It was another wonderful evening in Fayetteville for Laundry Love Project (LLP). The number of guests continues to increase (and it’s becoming hard to keep track of them all).

For December, we estimate approx. 60 guests and over 140 loads of laundry, but that’s not all…

An unbelieve thank you goes out to the Fellowship Bible Church Community Group from Bella Vista (Moores and Arkins), that provide fresh, hot pizza for everyone! It was a lot of pizza and it didn’t take long before it was all gone! Additionally, they donated a lot of men’s, women’s and children’s winter coats that were very well received on a very cold December night. There is just something about warm clothes and hot food that changes everything about the atmosphere. When a meal is shared, life isn’t far behind.

A big thank you to Panera Bread Company in Bentonville that donated all kinds of bread and pastries that the guest were able to take home with them. Next time you’re in Panera, don’t forget to give them a big thank for supporting LLP and The Cobblestone Project.


On a personal note, we’ve started to see a small shift in the make up of our guests. As the nights have gotten darker earlier and the cold becomes colder, we’ve noticed that many of our homeless friends have not been at LLP. Some of these friends have told us that as it becomes colder, they head south for the winter but they will return when spring comes.

Despite this, the number of guests at each LLP continues to grow. It’s our expectation that come spring, when our friends return, the need each month will become very large. In order to prepare for this, if anyone is interesting in serving there are basically fours ways to get involved…

1. Come and volunteer to serve. We’ll need to know before you come to make sure we don’t overwhelm anyone, but we can find a home for you to be involved (Rogers is also starting up in Jan).

2. Help by volunteering to provide the meal for the LLP evening. It’s takes a bit of effort to bring it all together, so every crock pot helps.

3. Help us gather quarters. It’s not cheap to do laundry for 60 people, but the reward is priceless

4. Donate laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, etc.

If you’re interested in helping, please shoot a note to and we’ll be in touch shortly.