LITTLE ROCK, AR (Jan. 2, 2019) – With the holidays behind us and the 40 days of Lent just ahead, Methodist Family Health has a way for Arkansans to honor the Lenten season by contributing to our state’s children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and managing psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues.

The 10th Annual Get Up & Give collection project asks Arkansans to contribute necessities to the children and families in our care. The project is during the entire 40 days of Lent – Wed., Mar. 6 through Thurs., Apr. 18 – and both children and adults can participate by donating personal hygiene items, clothes, shoes, school supplies, bedding, funds and other necessities to the Methodist Counseling Clinic in their community.

“The mission of Methodist Family Health is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help, and Arkansans, regardless of age, can help us accomplish this,” said Kelli Reep, director of communications at Methodist Family Health. “The Lenten season is usually thought of as a time to give up or fast from something in our lives, but it also can be a time to take on something that renews our spirit and connection to our neighbor. Get Up & Give is an easy to do this, and it makes a tremendous impact on the children and families we serve.

“Many of our kids are in the foster care system or have families with few monetary resources,” she said. “Providing them things like new underwear, deodorant, their own school supplies – even books and toys – demonstrates to them that someone they have never even met cares about their well-being.”

Methodist Family Health asks that all items contributed through Get Up & Give are new. Monetary donations also can be contributed so specific items can be purchased to meet the needs of the Arkansas children and families in our care. Contributions can be delivered to the Methodist Family Health Counseling Clinic serving the community closest to the contributor beginning Mon., Apr. 22. Drop-off locations include:

Alma: 1209 Hwy 71N, Suite B, Alma, AR 72921; phone 479.632.1022
Batesville: 500 E. Main St., Suite 310, Batesville, AR 72501; phone 870.569.4890
Fayetteville: 74 W. Sunbridge Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703; phone 479.582.5565
Heber Springs: 407 S. 7th St., Heber Springs, AR 72543; phone 501.365.3022
Hot Springs: 100 Ridgeway, Suite 5, Hot Springs, AR 71901; phone 501.318.6066
Jonesboro: 2239 S. Caraway, Suite M, Jonesboro, AR 72401; phone 870.910.3757
Little Rock: 1600 Aldersgate Road, Suite 100B, Little Rock, AR 72205; phone 501.537.3991
Magnolia: 621 E. North St., Magnolia, AR 71753; phone 870.234.0739

A complete list of items can be downloaded at https://www.methodistfamily.org/get-up-and-give.html. For more information, contact Kelli Reep at kreep@methodistfamily.org or 501-906-4210.

About Methodist Family Health
Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health is celebrating our 120th anniversary of providing the best possible care to those who may need our help. A statewide continuum of care, Methodist Family Health each year serves thousands of Arkansas children and their families who are abused, abandoned, neglected and have psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital, two residential treatment centers, eight therapeutic group homes, an emergency shelter, a day treatment program, eight counseling clinics, nine school-based counseling clinics, a grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).

For More Information, Contact:
Kelli Reep, kreep@methodistfamily.org
501-906-4210