It was an unbelievable outpooring of support by Cave Springs neighborhoods: Weston Hills and Wellington.
Together these neighbors donated over 800+ lbs of food that was given to the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers. In talking with the folks at the Samaritan Community Center, we know that this food will be given away very quickly as the needs that are being seen continue to rise at a rate that is difficult to keep up with.
For a small peek at the growing needs in NW Arkansas, here is an article that was in the local paper from late December (http://nwanews.com/bcdr/News/69234/) with info from Debbie Rambo (Director of Samaritan House).
A huge thank you to Jen Boyle and Joyce Modglin (and their familes) for coordinating the Good Neighbor Food Drive.
If your neighborhood would like to host a Good Neighbor Food Drive or help at the Samaritan Community Center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help get you plugged in.
An article in the Benton County Daily Record on Dec 26th (http://nwanews.com/bcdr/News/69234/), 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?
Bella Vista Good Neighbor Food Drive brought in just under 500 lbs of food. The amazing thing is that was in just 21 homes. It was really well received on our two streets, Primrose Lane. & Piccadilly.
Mike Campbell and my daughter Lauren and son Matthew, Scott Herron and his son Brady
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
The Way Ministries
The Arkansas Razorback game on Saturday may not have done anything for the residents of NW Arkansas, but Sunday’s Good Neighbor Food Drive collected over 850+ lbs of food for the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers.
To date that brings the total Good Neighbor Food Drive donations to 2,450 lbs of food in just two short weekends!
Thanks to the residents of Lochmoor Club in Bentonville for their amazing generousity and making the 2nd Food Drive a huge success! This Initiative continues to show that with everyone pitching in just a little, huge progress can be made in working towards a solution to Hunger & Poverty in NW Arkansas.
To date, there are approx. 10 neighborhoods in some phase of gearing up for a Food Drive in their subdivision.
Special thanks to the volunteers that made the food drive so successful…they include: The Stephan Family, Mandrell Family, Kotoucek Family, Rusch Family, Kaler Family, Rodriguez Family, and the Ford Family.
Can’t wait to do this again!
What an amazing day in Bentonville on Saturday, Oct 18th! College Place neighborhood donated an amazing 1,500 lbs of food that was donated to the Samaritan Community Center!
What an amazing demonstration of the generous hearts that call College Place home.
Special thanks to the neighborhood volunteers to gave of their time so generously.
Mark, Kecia, Carter & Loren Schwab
Matt & Luke Loveless
Travis, Tami & Hadlee Newell
Shane & Logan Pollard
Dant & Dillon Dexter
Benny & Elaine Latimer
Chick-Fil-A owner Scott Clark was generous enough to allow Cobblestone Project to use their parking lot on Sunday to try and raise awareness of the hunger issue in NW Arkansas and provide a special drop off point for food donations.
We are thankful for the many people who took a small detour from their days to drop off this food.
The food donated was delivered to the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers and to Restoration Village in Little Flock. Great opportunity to serve to great organizations that were in need.
Thanks to all the volunteers to came up to support and work the drop off point, thanks to the generous hearts of the people of NW Arkansas and thanks again to Chick-Fil-A for letting us use their prime location!
500+ lbs of food is a blessing!
It was an incredible weekend as Rogers neighborhoods The Manors, Highland Knolls and Hearthstone came together to donate over 1,000+ lbs the meet the food needs at the Samaritan Community Center!
Huge thanks to the volunteers that pulled it all together and to the generous hearts of the residents of these neighborhoods. What a HUGE difference they made!
Volunteers for the Manors and Highland Knolls (600 lbs of Food Donated)
Danny Burdess and his son
Chris Morris and his son
Greg and Amy Primm and their two girls
Dana Russell and her daughter and friend
Matt and Lynne Sitton and their two children
Steve and Desiree Weber and our three children
Volunteers from Hearthstone (550 lbs of Food Donated)
Shelley and Jason Beaudoin
Damon and Gretchen Keith
Heather and Steve Findlay
Patrick McCroy and Family
Josh and Jennifer Arkins and Family
All donations were delivered to the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers