First and foremost, I can’t express the gratitude and excitement I feel being able to share my few thoughts around this program. Sharing and Caring is a perfect combination of practical and magical in every sense of those two words. Growing up it provided smiling faces across the home while simultaneously offering the warmth, protection and necessities that seemed such luxuries at the time.
This enormous undertaking of providing Christmas presents for 3000 – 4000 kids, a full Christmas dinner, various other items including wrapping paper (so the parents can be involved in the magic)… ALL done with a close to 4% margin. Over 35,000 local children have had a Christmas, sponsored by an organization very few have heard of. I’m proud to support Sharing & Caring!
I wanted to take the time and formally thank you for paying for my CNA class. It really means a lot to me because I’ve known for a LONG time that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and this is only the beginning of my journey. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity of a lifetime.
This organization went above and beyond to help me get a gift to a child and also helped me help a lot of small children with personal item needs. Such an amazing group of people! Thank you so much!
Students in the Ignite Professional Studies program can earn college credit while in high school. Although this is a great benefit for our students, it can be a challenge financially to pay for the tuition. Through the scholarship program of Sharing and Caring of Benton County, we have been able to support over 250 students earning 1,335 college hours. [as of 02/2019]
I was not able to go pick up due to work, but my husband went… and when I got home [from work] late and tired and saw the box of items of food and household goods and the apple pie, I started crying…
I am crying right now that I write this… I saw a lot of things that were on my shopping list to get and there they were in a big box. How did you know?! You are a blessing to us and our children and I thank you for everything that you did.
I hope you can feel my gratitude and a big thank you hug through this letter to the kind and so very generous people who spent the time to shop for a couple of kids they don’t know!
It was humbling to see a father and mother weep of joy and gratitude when they learned that they would be receiving food, a few staple items, clothes and even a couple of toys for their children on [Sharing & Caring’s] Distribution Day. No parent should have to miss seeing their children’s face light up Christmas morning. Furthermore, no child should awake Christmas morning without a way to celebrate the joy of the holiday. When communities come together then humanity will push forward, above and beyond creating the opportunity for real change to take place. Everyone that can should feel the need to help individuals that are less fortunate.
I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for blessing our district with school supplies for Back to School. [You all] were so kind to spend your afternoon driving them over to Western Benton County schools. …We are so grateful for your program and your generosity!
Thank you for paying for me to take the CNA class here at Rogers High School. It’s an amazing opportunity that not very many students get everyday.
Sharing & Caring is a very helpful resource for children in the area. I have both used and donated to this service and would again in a heartbeat.
The continued support and generosity provided by the Sharing & Caring Foundation [scholarship program] has had a positive impact for many students in the Rogers Public Schools. Sponsorships [scholarships] have made it possible for students to participate in career programs such as Culinary Arts, Certified Nurse’s Assistant and Emergency Medical Responder courses offered through NWACC and the Brightwater Center.
All throughout the year I think of the people who took the time to shop for my children…every time I saw them wearing an item or playing with a toy they received from you… I wanted to make sure you knew that I think about you and pray for you. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I was surprised and dismayed when I saw how many children are in need in Northwest Arkansas. When I saw the community come together through Sharing and Caring, to fill the need, I realized what an amazing community of people we are. I volunteer because I want every child to have a magical Christmas morning and a brighter future!
The scholarship that I received from Sharing & Caring has allowed me to gain important experience and knowledge I need to become a professional in the culinary field…Due to it I have helped James Beard award winning chefs. I have also participated in a Prostart Competition…where high school kids compete to be the best in the culinary industry. I’ve made lifelong friends from the community I live in and from other states… I have had confidence walking into any kitchen or culinary classroom knowing the only thing I needed to do was learn and not have to worry about how to pay for the ingredients or chef wear or equipment. This confidence was instilled in me knowing I had Sharing & Caring backing me. I have absolutely loved every minute I spend cooking or learning or helping a chef or other student in a kitchen. I have started cooking at home for my family so much more and just feel that I would have struggled to get there had Sharing & Caring not given me a scholarship.
Thank y’all so much for the help with Christmas for my boys through this rough time. I greatly appreciate everything y’all do for the families in Benton County…You were all so kind [to us] this morning. It’s nice to know that there are still good people in this world.
We had so much fun and were filled with so much joy when we left Distribution Day. The positive energy everyone had was exhilarating. So many volunteers and very organized. Can’t wait for next year.
Sharing and Caring’s mission is simple – to spread joy to families during the holiday season. We seek to show compassion for our neighbors, and in 2018 served over 1,340 families in Benton County. It has been a privilege to volunteer for this organization for the last 12 years and to be a part of something that, through both our holiday program as well as our scholarship program, makes a difference in the lives of others.