About a mile or so from my house is the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Samaritan does a number of things to help out families in northwest Arkansas – from giving Snackpacks for Kids with hunger insecurity before weekends and holidays, to having a daily soup kitchen, to providing families with food and goods through a food pantry – and even through a free dental clinic.
I cannot say enough about this organization, and why I urge you to get involved in some way – and I hope you’ll consider providing monetary or in-kind donations.
Does your home have extra things you don’t use or need anymore? Consider donating your items to any of The Samaritan Shop at Frisco Station Mall in Rogers, or at the Samaritan Community Center Thrift Store at 812 N. Thompson in Springdale.
They take all items any thrift store takes – clothing, housewares, books, furniture.
Because my mother is a dialysis patient and I am her caregiver with two jobs, we don’t have time to volunteer. However, we do regularly donate items to the Samaritan Shop. One year we purchased a new storage bed that replaced my dresser and bed. The day we called the Samaritan Shop to discuss a donation, we were told a family just lost all its furniture in a house fire and they’d be happy to accept it. Since then we have been regular donors; we took some housewares to the shop last week!
The Samaritan Market is also in need of personal care items, which you can donate to the Samaritan food pantries in Springdale and Rogers. SNAP benefits and WIC may cover food, but they don’t cover other needed items like toilet paper, dental care, diapers, deodorant and soap. The Samaritan Market serves 225 families a week, so items like these are very much in need from the community. For a more detailed list of needed items, contact Gaby Rodriguez at 479-636-4198 ext. 61, or by emailing grodriguez (at) samcc.org. You can get a list of current needs for the market here.
Might I suggest you purchase personal care items through the Samaritan Community Center’s Amazon Smile link. In addition to the value of your purchases being tax-deductible upon donation, five percent of your purchase will go to Samaritan. You can also use this link to make purchases for your holiday gifts or anything else you buy from Amazon throughout the year! As a regular Amazon shopper, I make use of this link on a regular basis so that the few things I buy can go back to my community.
There are so many other ways you can help out Samaritan Community Center. For a complete list of current needs, click here. To make a tax-deductible financial donation, click here. You can also have a look at their website at samcc.org to read more about Samaritan and how you can help ensure all northwest Arkansas families have a good holiday this year.
All the best, and remember the season of giving!