Here are a number of opportunities to give back over the holidays.

During the holiday season, our social feeds fill with an array of charitable opportunities. We wanted to do our best at collecting and sharing requests for local donations. This is a running list, so if you are aware of others we should add, please drop an email to alicia@findingnwa.com, and we will update the post.

7hills Homeless Center

It's getting colder outside which means 7hills is starting to need those cold-weather items to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness to stay warm! Here's a short list of items currently needed.

Ranger's Food Pantry

If you would like to donate to Ranger's Pantry, individuals may drop off dog or cat food donations to the Community Resources Division office located at 125 W. Mountain St in Fayetteville, or at any one of the City of Fayetteville Fire Stations. Monetary donations are also accepted, and 100% of proceeds are used in the purchase of food.

Did you know? As of today, Ranger's Pantry has assisted 118 families (including 238 pets) and distributed over 8,000 pounds of food.

Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter

Every child in the care of the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter from mid-November to New Year's Day will receive Christmas gifts, whether they are residing with them on Christmas Day or not. Many of the kids have never had the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with yummy food, treats and gifts. With your help, they can make sure that all of the children in their care have a very happy holiday season. Questions? Email development@nwacs.org or call 479-795-2417.

Samaritan Community Center

Donate a sleeping bag to help keep our neighbors in need nice and warm. Donations can be dropped off at the Samaritan Community Center located at 1211 W. Hudson Road in Rogers.

Also, Walmart has selected the Samaritan Community Center to the be the first test site nationally for their new Registry for Good! Here's how it works: You can go HERE to connect to their current needs list. They are seeking personal care items as they are not covered by SNAP benefits. Select the items you would like to purchase on SCC's behalf. You can either have them delivered directly to the center (delivery charges apply on orders under $35) or you can pick the items up and drop them off at one of the SCC locations.

NWA Center for Sexual Assault

NWACSA is in need of your support. They need travel size toiletries and any size men's pants. You can bring your donations to the Center at 1670 W Sunset Ave., STE B, Springdale, AR, 72762. For more information, call 479-347-2304.

Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter

As the holiday season approaches, some of you may want to give items to the local women's shelter and their clients. They have created three Amazon wish lists to help fill their needs. All you have to do is purchase the items and click ship.

  • Click HERE to go to their Administration wish list.
  • Click HERE to go to their children/family wish list.
  • Click HERE link to go to their shelter operations wish list.

Meals on Wheels

The Community Resources Division in Fayetteville is seeking holiday gifts for seniors to be distributed to our neighbors on the Meals on Wheels program! Donations will be accepted now through mid-December. If you would like to donate, give them a call at (479) 575-8260, and they'll be happy to get you started!

As in years past, great gift ideas include: crossword/sudoku/jigsaw puzzles, coffee/tea, mens & women's robes/nightgowns, socks/slippers/house shoes, emergency radios, first aid kits, gift cards—and more!

Cooperative Community Outreach

Fayetteville Public Library patrons can bring in canned goods and other non-perishable food items and get overdue fees waived during Food for Fees Week. The program begins Monday, Nov. 11 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.

Library patrons will get $1 in overdue fees waived for each can or box of food donated during the drive. Food for Fees will not cover replacement fees for lost or damaged materials. Unopened, unexpired, non-perishable, non-glass donations will be accepted.
Items needed include:

  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna fish or chicken
  • beans
  • canned soup or fruit
  • cereal
Participants should bring the food items to the checkout desk along with their library card. Food for Fees benefits Cooperative Emergency Outreach, an organization that provides emergency assistance to residents in parts of Washington County. Assistance includes food, vouchers for clothing and prescriptions, and assistance with rent and utilities. To learn more about CEO, visit their website at www.ceofayetteville.org. For more information about Food for Fees, please ask a FPL staff member or call the checkout desk at 479-856-7113.

Restoration Village

Restoration Village, a long-term facility for women and children in crisis, is in need of adult and child toothbrushes and male and female deodorant! Please reach out to them HERE if you are willing to assist with this need!

Marshallese Education Initiative

MEI is now accepting new or clean, gently used coats of all sizes for Marshallese youth and others in need now through Dec 20th. MEI is located at 614 E Emma Ave Suite 203, Springdale, AR 72764.

Happy Holidays!

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