Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 11,420 Meals in Mountain Home, Ark.

Thursday, June 01 at 05:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Mountain Home community disposes of 20,000 pounds of paper.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A recent Shred-a-Thon in Mountain Home helped the community destroy 20-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft. 

In exchange for free shredding provided by Arvest Bank and Shred-It, Mountain Home residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $2,284 in donations and 26 nonperishable food items for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 11,420 meals to the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and area backpack programs operated by other hunger relief organizations in North Central Arkansas. 

“This event provided a dual benefit; it helped protect our community from identity theft and supported school children who don’t always have enough food to eat at home,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home. “Our generous and caring community has once again pulled together to make a difference in the lives of those who are in need and we are very grateful to those who donated.” 

The Shred-a-Thon was one of several community events Arvest Bank held in Mountain Home in support of its 1 Million Meals campaign. Earlier this month, the bank’s annual Feed the Pack Day raised $18,295.82 and 3,557 food items in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas and area backpack programs. Volunteers in five communities collected cash and food contributions during the one-day donation blitz. Every dollar provides five meals to those in need, so donations raised from Feed the Pack Day will provide more than 91,400 meals for children facing food insecurity. 

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Mountain Home residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program and other similar programs in the area. Every donation made in Mountain Home stays local.  

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. 

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
 

Harrison, Ark. Shred-a-Thon Collects Donations That Provide 4,610 Meals

Thursday, May 25 at 06:25 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Harrison, Ark., community disposes of 10,000 pounds of paper.

HARRISON, Ark. – The Harrison community recently shredded 10-thousand pounds of personal and confidential documents in an effort to guard against identity theft and to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas.  

Arvest Bank and Shred-It recently held a free Shred-a-Thon event for the community, destroying more than 200 boxes of paper on-site. In exchange for free shredding, Harrison residents were encouraged to make a monetary donation or bring nonperishable food items in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that works to reduce hunger in local communities.  

The Shred-a-Thon collected more than $922 in donations and 86 canned goods for the campaign. The monetary donations will provide 4,610 meals to Ozark Share and Care, a local hunger relief organization.  

“This event combined two great services to the Harrison community, protecting our neighbors from identity theft, and supporting those who face food insecurity, all in one day,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “We are very grateful to those who donated, and to Shred-It for their collaboration in an extremely important project.”

Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign continues through June 3. The goal of the campaign is to collect enough food and monetary donations to provide the equivalent of one million meals in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four state territory. Harrison residents may drop off nonperishable food items or monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of Ozark Share and Care to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. Every donation made in Harrison stays local.  

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For additional information, visit www.arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Local Charities to Benefit From Golf Tourney in Mountain Home, Ark.

Wednesday, May 24 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Registration for 21st annual event is open.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri, along with Ultimate Auto Group, will host the 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 

Proceeds from the annual tournament benefit up to three area nonprofit organizations that are chosen after an application process. The organizations that will benefit from the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament include Children’s Charity Ministry in Harrison, The Call of Marion County and The Call of Baxter County.  

Children’s Charity Ministry supports children and families in need through six different programs. The organization’s main objective is to provide food for children who are facing food insecurity, through the ministry’s backpack program that sends food home with children on the weekend. The Children’s Charity Ministry currently has backpack programs in six counties, feeding almost 600 children. The ministry also supports children with coats, clothes, hygiene products and other necessities.  

The CALL of Marion County and The CALL of Baxter County operate as two independent nonprofit organizations who share the same mission, “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in foster care in Arkansas,” specifically in Marion and Baxter counties.  

“This annual tournament is a tradition in our region, and I believe its longevity can be attributed to the fact that our collective communities feel a sense of responsibility and pride in knowing that they are helping others,” said Tom Dame, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in North Central Arkansas. “As we surpass the milestone of hosting for two decades, I look forward to another fun and meaningful event this year.” 

For information on sponsorships or to register a team, contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at twatkins@arvest.com or by calling (870) 449-7164. 

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Shop for a Cause on May 25 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tuesday, May 23 at 06:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News
Love, Hope & Cure Designs will be holding a Shop For A Cause day on May 25 with 10 percent of their sales going to 1 Million Meals. They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are located at 2820 E. Millennium in Fayetteville, Ark.

Love, Hope & Cure was founded by Cindy Johnson with the intention of giving back to the community and helping those in need. They offer t-shirts from Southern Trends, jewelry, purses, scarves, candles, fun beverage glasses and much more!

Cindy shares the Love, Hope & Cure story …
Our story begins the day God blessed us with the birth of our first baby, a beautiful baby girl we named Evie. Under most circumstances this first sentence would suggest the beginning of a normal, healthy life for a child who is loved and for whom there are many hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Within days, Evie’s whole body began to shake. This turned into many trips to hospitals. Actually as I look back, hospital visits and long stays across the country became second nature to us. Our focus then was a diagnosis. We searched hard! 
 
It took us 22 years to find out our angel had CDKL5. It is a very rare disease. Please visit shemadeadifference.org* to know about CDKL5. Awareness is a big part of our mission. Although Evie cannot move without supervision, she is the light of our life. And even though she cannot talk, her gentle spirit, soft in nature shines the light of beauty wherever she is.  
 
We were desperate parents. If you’ve ever had a child and you’ve tried everything to help them without success – you know what crazy is. We spent most of our lives trying to find a diagnosis and even just how to help her. We traveled the country, read, studied and loved – that was all we knew how to do. Twenty-two years later we found her diagnosis; there was no cure.  
 
What we learned from Evie. Through it all – the needles, the seizures, the trips, the noise, the siblings, the lack of sleep, the help, the diapers, the feeding tube, the surgeries, and the list goes on – we focused on trying so hard to solve all the problems. One day we realized we had succeeded at one thing – we loved.  
 
I remember looking at Evie, and asking God – what do we do? And I knew then – what was important was to focus on her beauty. Evie is a beautiful girl, but we mean her inside beauty which has triumphed over clumsy parents, desperate parents and searching parents. Her inside beauty finally allowed us to realize we were doing everything we could. We could finally crawl into bed at night and know that she knows we get it – because she smiles.  
 
Love, Hope & Cure Designs – what is it and why bling and beauty? Evie taught us about beauty; she taught us how to love without condition. We know surface beauty is just that, but we also know that there are many who suffer, whether it is an individual with a disability, an injured soldier, a child battling cancer, a couple who has tried everything to have a child, an individual taking care of their parent with Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on and on. 
 
So many individuals have different issues, different situations and different causes that need our support. Their issues can cause them to just feel a little defeated. They might just need a little hug from a scarf, a little bling to lift their spirits, or a sweet gift from a friend to carry them through the rough time. Or, you might be buying pretties. We wanted to find a way that people could buy bling and beauty or a sweet gift and in doing so pass on the greatest gift of hope a person could give – a blessing in honoring their cause.  Love, Hope & Cure Designs is a boutique for a cause! We reach out to you for support. Please help us honor Evie and the thousands like her, who un-selfishly serve in ways they never thought possible.   
 
Giving back is the reason Love, Hope & Cure was founded and 1 Million Meals is just one of many local initiatives they donate to.   

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.  

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Fayetteville
 

Colton’s Steakhouse in Harrison, Ark. to Hold Give Back Event May 30

Monday, May 22 at 04:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Proceeds benefit Ozark Share and Care in Harrison, Ark., as part of our 1 Million Meals initiative.

HARRISON, Ark. – Colton’s Steakhouse in Harrison will donate 10 percent of total meal sales that take place on May 30 from 11 a.m. to close. The one-day give back event will apply to customers who dine in and those who place carry out orders.  

The give back night is in support of Arvest Bank’s 1 Million Meals campaign that collects nonperishable food items and monetary donations in support of hunger relief efforts in North Central Arkansas. Proceeds from Colton’s give back event will benefit Ozark Share and Care in Harrison, a local hunger relief organization. Ozark Share and Care is Arvest Bank’s local food partner for the 1 Million Meals campaign, so all donations made in Harrison benefit that organization. 

“This give back night is a great opportunity for the entire community of Harrison to make a difference in the lives of those who are facing food insecurity, simply by going out for lunch or dinner. Colton’s Steakhouse takes care of the rest,” said Scott Tennyson, market president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “The donations we make now will leave a lasting impact on so many in our community, not only through our generosity to provide food, but to demonstrate that the people of Harrison pull together to help our friends and neighbors in need.”

Harrison residents can also participate in 1 Million Meals by dropping off nonperishable food items or making monetary donations at any of the Arvest Bank branches in Harrison or by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers also can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner. Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for those in need.

For more information about 1 Million Meals, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
 

Yellville-Summit, Ark. Students Raise $3,000 to Help Reduce Hunger

Friday, May 19 at 06:15 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

"Panthers Can Change Lives" supports our annual 1 Million Meals initiative.  

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Students throughout the Yellville-Summit School District recently raised more than $3,000 and collected more than 1,000 nonperishable food items during a weeklong food and funds drive called “Panthers Can Change Lives.” The donation drive was held in support of the school’s Food for Thought backpack program that supports approximately 50 local children. The backpack program is one of several such programs in North Central Arkansas that send nonperishable snack items home with children on weekends and holidays, times when they don’t have access to school meal programs and may not have enough food to eat.  

“This is a long-standing tradition for our students and they are always excited to pull together in support of their classmates,” said Liz Leatherman, elementary school counselor and program coordinator for the Yellville-Summit Food for Thought Backpack Program. “This year’s results were remarkable and we are extremely proud of the hard work every student put into the campaign.” Since 2013, students have now collected a total of more than $13,000 for the backpack program. 

The Panthers Can Change Lives campaign created a friendly competition to see which grades in K-6th grade and 7th-12th could collect the most change. Students in kindergarten and 9th grade collected the most money. Every class at Yellville-Summit was treated to a complimentary cookout by Arvest Bank after the campaign. 

Panthers Can Change Lives was held in support of Arvest Bank’s annual 1 Million Meals campaign to help reduce hunger in North Central Arkansas. The two-month bank-wide effort is being held in the 120 communities Arvest Bank serves across a four-state footprint. 

The initiative challenges associates, customers and the community to donate nonperishable food items and monetary donations at any Arvest Bank location in support of local food partners. Donations made at Arvest Bank locations in Yellville and surrounding communities benefit the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack program, and other area backpack programs that are operated by various organizations. 

Donations may also be made by calling (866) 952-9523. Arvest credit card customers can donate Arvest Flex Rewards™ points by visiting arvestflexrewards.com and clicking on the 1 Million Meals banner.

To learn more, visit arvest.com/millionmeals.   

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release

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