Methodist Family Health issues challenge to ‘Get Up & Give’ during Lent

Lent is traditionally considered a time to make sacrifices and give up something you love leading up to Holy Week and Easter celebrations. However, a special drive hosted by Methodist Family Health during Lent asks participants to “get up and give” and contribute items to make a difference in the lives of others.

For the sixth annual “Get Up and Give” drive, Feb. 18-April 2, Arkansans are encouraged to collect items that will be used by those served by Methodist Family Health, a nonprofit organization providing psychiatric and behavioral health care to children and families.

Methodist Family Health was founded in 1899 by Methodists in Arkansas to care for children in need. Today, Methodist Family Health provides comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health care to children and families through venues of care including a hospital, group homes, residential treatment centers, therapeutic day treatment programs, counseling clinics and other programs.

Items on the Get Up and Give collection list include socks, underwear, paper products, backpacks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, twin-size and crib sheets, wireless composition books, bath towels and washcloths and recreational items. All items must be new. Monetary donations will be used for necessity items and other unmet needs.

“Get Up & Give is an opportunity to show care and support for our kids in a very tangible way,” says Andy Altom, president and CEO of Methodist Family Health. “We appreciate each and every donation.”

Donations may be dropped off at any of the nine Methodist Counseling Clinic locations across the state. Clinics are located in Alma, Batesville, Cherokee Village, Fayetteville, Heber Springs, Hot Springs Jonesboro, Little Rock and Magnolia.

For more information and event details, contact Jane Dennis at 501-906-4210 or jdennis@methodistfamily.org, or visit www.methodistfamily.org.