Thank you for comforting the lives of so many children, families and pets.

Thank you for comforting and restoring lives!

We were proud to support the four following Northwest Arkansas organizations this past holiday season. These organizations comforted and restored the lives of hundreds of children and families and thousands of area pets in 2014. Please consider giving to those who are giving so much to our community. Click on the following links to find out more about each organization.

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter in Bentonville received fantastic support from the community this holiday season, said Greg Russell, director of marketing. On Christmas, each child at the shelter receives about 10 to 15 gifts. For many of the children, it is the first time to experience this.

The 48-bed shelter in Bentonville cares for about 550 children annually. They often arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs. “We take in kids all over the state of Arkansas,” Greg said. They were neglected, abused or abandoned. Children typically stay at the shelter for 45 days before being transferred to foster care or to family. The shelter offers a school for children in kindergarten through the 12th grades. Greg said the shelter relies heavily on the community and must raise 75 percent of its $3.5 million budget. Some of the shelter’s most urgent needs include diapers, formula, socks, shoes and underwear. A monthly needs list is compiled on the shelter’s website.

Peace at Home Family Shelter

Throughout the year, the number of people at Peace at Home Family Shelter ranges between 35-40 people. About 200 clients live outside the shelter. Its needs often depend on who is at the shelter at that time. Diapers are a huge need. Some of the items requested include hair brushes, combs and feminine products. Winter clothing and jackets for people of all ages are always needed.

Donations the shelter receives are given to its residents in the shelter. Its clients also receive vouchers to purchase clothing at the shelter’s thrift store in Fayetteville. Items that are donated are also sold at the store. For donor information, click here.

Fayetteville Animal Shelter

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter cared for more than 2,400 pets this year. The shelter often takes in more cats in colder weather, and cats usually stay longer at the shelter. People sometimes drop off their pets during the holidays because of stress, but this slows down after Jan. 1.

The shelter is always looking for adopters. Donations that are requested include dry and wet dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, bleach, paper towels, cat toys and peanut butter to make treats.

Siloam Springs Animal Shelter

The Siloam Springs Animal Shelter cared for nearly 1,000 pets this year. Donations that are requested include kitten food, raw hide and blankets. Over the past five years, the shelter has reduced its euthanasia rate by more than 40 percent. Tailwaggers, a nonprofit organization, works with the shelter and offers adoption specials when the shelter starts to fill up with pets. To learn more about Tailwaggers, click here or find the organization on Facebook here.

We were so happy to give to these organizations over the holidays, and we hope you will consider supporting them in 2015. Have a great new year!

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