By Kelli Reep
Methodist Family Health
The Lenten season is one in which we can strip away what keeps us from fully appreciating our relationship with God and realizing just how full of abundance our lives are. Rather than fast from something like chocolate or sodas, Methodist Family Health has a way for Arkansas’s United Methodists to press down on what we truly value so we can pour it out on those who need so much.
The 11th Annual Get Up & Give collection project asks Arkansans to contribute necessities to the children and families in our care – those who are abandoned, abused, neglected and managing psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues. Get Up & Give is during the entire 40 days of Lent – Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, April 9 – 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.
“We care for children, youth and their families who have significant psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues,” said Kelli Reep, director of communications at Methodist Family Health. “Some of the kids in our care are in the foster care system or have families with few monetary resources. By providing them things like new underwear, deodorant, their own school supplies – even books and toys – our community demonstrates to them that there are people who care about them and their well-being.”
If this is something you, your family, Sunday School, small group or church would like to take on as a mission during Lent, you will be demonstrating Christian love for the least of these. Methodist Family Health asks that all items contributed through Get Up & Give are new, and 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 following locations, including:
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: 515 N. Main 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
The Methodist Foundation of Arkansas, 601 Wellington Village Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211; phone 501.664.8632
For a shopping list, flyer or more information, visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/get-up-and-give.html or call 501-906-4201.