‘Tis the Season for Giving with CALS

At CALS, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to the communities in which we serve. And the end of the year always finds a greater need for giving. While we gather around our tables and give thanks for all that we have, it’s important to share with those who have less. For November, we have partnered with a few different organizations to help gather resources for those who need a little help. If you have the means to help with one of these drives, we would truly appreciate it.

Mister Roger’s Sweater Drive

Collection Period: November 1 -30

In partnership with PBS, CALS is collecting new and gently used sweaters in the name of Mister Rogers and his signature sweater collection. While things are warm right now, central Arkansas does get some bitter cold days and these sweaters will help our unsheltered population stay warm. Take a moment to go through your sweater collection and see if you have something cozy (but still nice) that you aren’t wearing anymore. Donations will be distributed to Jericho Way, Our House, and Canvas Community.

Say McIntosh’s Toy Drive

Collection Period: November 6- December 1

Political and community activist, Robert “Say” McIntosh, who passed this summer, created Little Rock’s Black Santa Claus and helped collect and distribute toys for kids in need. This tradition goes back more than 60 years. With his passing, his niece has taken up his cause and continued the toy drive. The drive is in partnership with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Department of Heritage and Tourism. Toys should be new and unopened.

CALS Little Free Pantries

Collection Period: Anytime!

Through Be Mighty, CALS has ten Little Free Pantries across the system; these Pantries are available for individuals to take what they need. You can place items directly into the pantry or you can turn in items to the staff and they will use it to refill them as necessary. Year round, you can drop off items like individually packed snacks, including granola bars, apple sauce and canned goods with pop tops. This time of year, canned items like corn, cranberry sauce, green beans, yams and chicken are appreciated as well as boxed stuffing, boxed or canned gravy, instant potatoes, or cornbread mix. Items that you might already have in your pantry that you find yourself reaching for are great additions as well. Don’t forget spices like salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and even cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. If you are interested in donating items that require refrigeration, contact Be Mighty at 501-320-5775 and inquire about locations that have coolers to store it.

While you’re doing your own Thanksgiving shopping, grab an extra couple items to share. The simple idea that if everyone does a little, nobody has to do a lot.

Last year, CALS was able to collect over 400 sweaters to distribute throughout the community.