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Christmas Wishes: Open Avenues, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

by Carin Schoppmeyer | November 25, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
Chrissie Turner packages ring snuggies, Monday, August 23, 2021 at Open Avenues in Rogers. Open Avenues will host a fundraising event called Soar NWA, their 2nd annual, on Saturday at Drake Field in Fayetteville. Soar is an outdoor, open air and family friendly event featuring hot-air balloon rides, circus performers, a kid's zone, car exhibit, live music and food trucks. Their goal is to raise $150,000 to benefit Open Avenues. Check out for today's photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

As we do every year, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is asking area nonprofits what is on their Christmas wish lists -- volunteers, iPads, paper towels or gift cards, whatever they need. We hope our readers will reach out and make the holidays merry for the organizations that do so much for our communities all year long.

This list will continue to run in the Our Town section through Jan. 2. To have your organization included, email [email protected] or visit to fill out the form.

Open Avenues

Address: 2202 N. 22nd St. in Rogers

Mission: We work to "open avenues" for people with disabilities through life and job skills training, on-site employment, community employment, job coaching and transportation programs.

Needs: Magic Erasers, paper towels, spray air fresheners, tissues, Depends (ladies' size large), women's sanitary products, liquid laundry soap, plastic utensils (knives, forks, spoons), 1.2 cubic foot microwave (white), HD wire cutters for thick cables, complete tool sets, four new iPads.


Contact information: Kelly Sampson, development director, (479) 636-5082 or [email protected]


Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

Address: 1378 June Self Drive in Springdale

Mission: Nourishing Northwest Arkansas communities by feeding the hungry with partnerships with more than 160 member agencies to reach out to those in need.

Needs: Monetary donations help us purchase food to distribute. We also need peanut butter, rice (brown and white), dried beans, canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables (no salt) and whole grain cereal.


Contact information: Kent Eikenberry, director, 872-8774 or [email protected]

Print Headline: Open Avenues, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank


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