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We are giving back for the holidays. We encourage you to give as well!

We are giving back for the holidays. We encourage you to give as well!

Our mission is comforting and restoring lives across the nation, and this holiday season we hope to comfort and restore lives in our community by giving to those in need. Join us as we donate to several organizations who serve our friends and neighbors during difficult times. We will support Peace at Home Family Shelter, Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and two area animal shelters. Our donation deadline is Dec. 12, but feel free to continue to donate to these great organizations after that! Also, if you cannot donate to one of these organizations, please consider donating to a charity of your choosing!

Peace at Home Family Shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence. It needs coats, jackets and winter clothing. Donate new or gently used coats, jackets and winter clothing. All sizes are needed, from infants to adults, and for boys, girls, men and women. Coats for teenagers are especially requested. Please clean items before donating them.

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides 24-hour care for children who are victims of neglect and physical and sexual abuse. It is requesting gift cards from Walmart, Old Navy, Target, Kohl’s and Payless Shoes. Gifts also can be donated, including dress-up clothes, super hero toys, Legos, Monster High dolls, Barbie clothes, remote control vehicles, Beyblades, art supplies and craft kits, jewelry, movies, skateboards and digital music players. Here is the complete list: Holiday Wish List for NWA Children’s Shelter. Please donate only unwrapped gifts.

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter and Siloam Springs Animal Shelter are both city-operated shelters. Items the shelter staff have requested include raw hide for dogs, cat toys, litter, old blankets and towels, pet carriers, canned pet food, newspapers, office supplies, bleach, laundry and dish soaps, paper towels and monetary donations for spay or neuter procedures or adoption fees.

We will need everyone’s support to make this holiday clothing and gift drive a success. So we hope you will be generous and give to one or all of the organizations. For more information about the organizations or how to donate, click on the links below:

The mission of Peace at Home Family Shelter “is to end family violence by empowering victims to survive and thrive by nurturing their self-determination and courage; and to promote healthy relationships and communities through education, outreach and advocacy,” according to the organization’s website. Peace at Home Family Shelter is based in Fayetteville, Ark., and has served Northwest Arkansas since 1977. If you’d like to make a difference, click here for more information.

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, which is located in Bentonville, Ark., offers children “an immediate safe and loving environment the reduces their current trauma through support and nurturance,” according to the organization’s website. In 2013, a total of 562 children were taken in by the shelter. The shelter has served the community since it opened in 1993. If you’d like to make a difference, click here for more information.

Fayetteville Animal Shelter is operated by the City of Fayetteville. The city employs a full-time veterinarian who provides medical care to animals at the shelter and emergency medical services to lost and stray animals. The shelter offers spay and neuter services for $20, according to the shelter website. Those who would like to adopt a dog or cat can come to the shelter at 1640 S. Armstrong St. The shelter also allows people to care for pets as a foster parent. If you’d like to make a difference, click here for more information.

Siloam Springs Animal Shelter is operated by the City of Siloam Springs. “Animals can be an important source of companionship and enjoyment,” according to the shelter’s website. Those who adopt from the shelter are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount for a spay or neuter procedure from area clinics. View pets available for adoption by stopping by the shelter at 1300 E. Ashley St. or see them online by clicking here. If you’d like to make a difference, call the animal shelter at 479-524-6535.

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