Everyone could use a helping hand around the holiday season, especiallly families who are in need. This project was launched November of 2006 after the government had decreased food stamps for some of our community members. The Elrod Center called upon the university to respond to the needs of their community.
Through the university’s generosity and compassion that year, the Elrod Center was able to give 30 families in Arkadelphia a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a turkey and all the items needed to complete the meal. The baskets were hand delivered by our students as well as faculty and staff.
Each year since then, the campus has continued this rich tradition of providing and delivering baskets of food for families. Approximately 50 families in this community are served each year. Lighthouse Ministries, area school counselors and Clark County Adult Education provide the center with names of families who are experiencing hard times and who could use the food.