Arkansans challenged to ‘Get Up and Give’ during Lent to help children and families

Lent, which this year begins March 5 and continues through April 20, is traditionally considered a time to give up something. For the fifth year running, Methodist Family Health is asking people to “get up and give” during Lent to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Get Up and Give collection drive benefits those served by Methodist Family Health, a nonprofit organization providing behavioral and mental health services for children and families across Arkansas. Get Up and Give typically receives more than one ton of donations per year, given largely by the United Methodist churches in Arkansas that support the effort and Methodist Family Health. 
Arkansans are encouraged to collect necessity items for the more than 1,400 clients served daily by the Methodist Family Health hospital, group homes, therapeutic treatment schools and clinics throughout Arkansas. Clients sometimes arrive with no personal belongings whatsoever. Items on the collection list include socks, underwear, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, backpacks, duffel bags, twin-size and crib sheets, toothbrushes, toothpaste and wireless composition books. All items must be new. Monetary gifts donated to the drive will be used for laundry detergent and other unmet needs.
Churches, church groups, community groups and individuals may drop off items at any of the eight Methodist Counseling Clinic locations across the state—Batesville, Cherokee Village, Fayetteville, Heber Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Magnolia. (Another clinic location is slated to open soon in Hot Springs.) Drop-offs may be made during regular business hours the week of April 21-25.
“The generosity of the people of Arkansas is always impressive,” says Andy Altom, Methodist Family Health chief executive officer. “Supporting Get Up and Give is one way to care for children who need an extra measure of love and support. We appreciate each and every donation.”
The mission of Methodist Family Health is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help and to treat the whole person: behaviorally, emotionally and spiritually. For details on Get Up and Give, contact Jane Dennis at 501-906-4210 or jdennis@methodistfamily.org. Further information is available at www.methodistfamily.org.