ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) —Here is a list of organizations offering Thanksgiving meals or items for those in need. Also included is information where people may make donations.
DREAM CENTER is offering individually packaged Thanksgiving meals via drive-thru at 115 N. Dixieland Rd., Rogers. Thursday, November 26, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ENRA FOOD PROJECT is giving free turkey until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24. In addition, you may get a flu shot, drop off diapers and coats — all at the same location: JTL Parking Lot, 614 East Emma Avenue, Springdale. 479-365-6625. This event is in collaboration with local businesses and organizations to make sure families get fed this Thanksgiving.
First Baptist Rogers is offering prepared Thanksgiving Meals for those in need who live in Rogers. The meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, between 9 a.m. and noon. The church is following pandemic health guidelines and safety measures. Deliveries will be contactless and all volunteers will be masked. To reserve your meal call 479-636-3451, Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, November 16. The pre-cooked, individually packaged meals include ham, green beans, potatoes and gravy, roll, dressing, and dessert.
Food Pantries is a resource that lists food pantries in Arkansas. There are nearly 200 cities across the state listed on this website. It gives the location, hours of operation, and requirements to receive assistance. FOODPANTRIES.ORG is not a government agency or non-profit. The agency lists Food Pantries across the U.S.
Salvation Army of NWA is hosting Thanksgiving dinner meals on November 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. LOCATIONS: Genesis Church 205 MLK Jr. Blvd, Fayetteville, AR and Bentonville Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, 3305 SW I St., Bentonville, AR. Anyone is eligible for a meal. Salvation Army will deliver meals, too, to first responders and those who are confined to their homes. Fayetteville at (479) 521-2151 or Bentonville at (479) 271-9545 and let them know your name and the address they will be delivering to. The deadline for call-ins is Wednesday, November 25 at noon.
Samaritan Community Centers has FREE Thanksgiving meals and “Blessing Bags” for the NWA community from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Blessing bags and turkeys are limited. Blessing bags will be filled with stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, corn, and cake or cookie mix for dessert. While many of us enjoy our Thanksgiving feast, some Northwest Arkansas families go without a holiday meal and we want to make certain their homes have that warm holiday feeling. Two locations: 1211 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers and 1300 N. Thomspon St., Springdale.
Expired: Cross Church offers a “Blessing Baskets Distribution Day” on Sunday, November 22, at 2 p.m. The blessing basked provides a holiday meal to families who may not be able to afford one. Distributions will be a contactless drive-thru at the Cross Church Springdale Campus. Identification is required and one Blessing Basket will be given per address. The program has been in effect since 1992 and had distributed baskets to nearly 54,000 families.
Expired: NWA Equality is offering free Rainbow Thanksgiving meals-to-go event. Make reservations online by Saturday, November 21. Additional details for pick-up at the Fayetteville Town Center on Tuesday, November 24, will be given.
Expired: Thrive Real Estate is offering its Thrive’s Giving Event. Anyone may stop by between noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20, to pick up a free take-home Thanksgiving Dinner for their family or someone you know. No need to register or qualify. Their address is 1401 SE Walton Blvd., Ste. 101, Bentonville, AR, across from Krispy Kreme.
Walmart has initiated a goal to feed America for free this Thanksgiving. This is a partnership with Butterball, Campbell’s, Coca-Cola, and the Ibotta app. The promotion runs through Thursday, November 26. Consumers need to download Ibotta’s web browser extension, click on the Free Thanksgiving Dinner offer, and shop for your Thanksgiving items at any Walmart or at Walmart.com. Once purchased, you’ll need to scan your receipt into the Ibotta link or link your Walmart Grocery account to verify the purchase. You’ll earn cashback for the purchase, approximately $20.27.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is participating in Giving Tuesday, December 1. They’ll have an online auction, videos and giveaways on their social media platforms. Click here to participate for the “ferocious fun day of fundraising!” Their goal is to reach $50,000 in one day.
Tuba Trucks annual toy drive is Saturday, November 27. This year, its ninth, will be different because of the pandemic. The event is a “Toy Drive-Thru,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1798 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville. In 2019, the agency collected more than 800 toys and 200 rolls of wrapping paper and tape. For more information here’s owner Clem Johnson’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antioch for Youth & Family is offering it’s “Antioch in the Park at Thanksgiving.” This drive-thru event is Tuesday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kay Rodgers Park. Make a right turn thru Gate 1 at the fairgrounds traveling east (towards Van Buren). You will exit, right turn only, on N 50th Street. If you cannot find a ride, walk up help is available at the Antioch Pantry. PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for food from our pantry by calling 479-459-0669. The pantry will not be able to provide you a turkey, but will certainly give you enough food to plan meals so that you should be able to afford one at the grocery store. FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
Helping Hands Ministries is accepting donations at Central Mall Black Friday Weekend, 5111 Rogers Avenue, from November 27-30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., accepting donations at Central Mall, 5111 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith. New and gently used coats, blankets, and toys for children for Christmas. Hosted by the Black Friday Holiday Market, the donation drive booth will be staffed by volunteers from Kingdom Empowerment Ministries of Fort Smith. Each person making a donation will receive a coupon to Dippin Dots Ice Cream located in the mall.
Restoration Village, “Giving Tuesday,” you may donate through Facebook on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 a.m. Central Time, for the chance to have your gift matched. Facebook is offering this special opportunity, but only for a limited amount of funds.
“Giving Tuesday” is December 1. Since 2012, this day has been marked as a global effort to encourage people to do good and help those around them.
Methodist Family Health is taking donations to help the children and families of Arkansas by donating to the Methodist Family Health Foundation’s compassion fund. To contribute, visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/donate.html, text TUES to 501-881-2258, visit https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/hub and search for Methodist Family Health Foundation. Call 501-906-4201 to make a secure contribution with your debit or credit card, or mail your cash or check donation to Methodist Family Health Foundation, P.O. Box 56050, Little Rock, AR 72215-6050.
“Our compassion fund helps us with things to help further the child along in their therapy,” said Carolyn McCone, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. “These are items such as gas/food gift cards that support a child’s therapy in direct correlation to Methodist Family Health services; unreimbursed needs such as eye/dental appointments, eyeglasses, contacts, and dental implants; an unfunded necessity item such as a specific size undergarment or clothing; and special therapy needs.”
First Tee NWA Toy Drive will be collecting toys from November 26th through December 24th. Donations for new and unwrapped toys, for kids between the ages of 10 to 17 years old, is recommended, such as art supplies, sports equipment, gift cards, clothes, or electronics. Donation hours are from Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., address: 715 E. Monroe Ave., Lowell.
Expired: Multiple locations are opening to collect shoebox gifts—filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items—for Operation Christmas Child. This effort is part of the Samaritan’s Purse project and ends Monday, Nov. 23. Throughout the project’s National Collection Week, area shoebox donors will contribute to the 2020 global goal of reaching 11 million children. Click here to find your nearest location to donate. Cities with drop-off locations: Bella Vista, AR, Centerton, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Gentry, AR, Green Forest, AR, Huntsville, AR, Rogers, AR, Siloam Springs, AR, Springdale, AR, Stilwell, OK, Cassville, MO.
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