‘Get Up & Give’ gifts touch lives of children and families

Sara Shaw and Jean Landrum display some of the Get Up & Give items collected last year by members of First UMC Little Rock. COURTESY PHOTO

United Methodists of Arkansas invited to help

Methodist Family Health (MFH) invites United Methodists across Arkansas to honor the season of Lent and “get up and give” items that will make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families served by the 118-year-old organization.

The eighth annual Get Up & Give collection drive will be held in the weeks leading up to Easter, March 1-April 13. All donated items will benefit those who rely on MFH for behavioral, emotional and spiritual care. The organization’s programs, including the Methodist Children’s Home, are part of the statewide network that includes a 60-bed hospital, eight group homes, two residential treatment centers, two therapeutic day treatment schools, nine counseling clinics and other specialized programs that provide psychiatric and behavioral healthcare.

The Get Up & Give “wish list” includes school supplies, bath towels, socks, underwear, paper products, recreational toys and activities like sports balls, games and coloring books. All items must be new. Monetary gifts are welcome, too, and will be used for client and program needs.

“The donations are an amazing blessing,” says Jane Dennis, MFH’s director of communications and coordinator of Get Up & Give. “Every gift is a very tangible sign of love to those who turn to Methodist Family Health for hope for the future.”

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

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