Shred-A-Thon Benefits The C.A.L.L of Baxter County, Ark.

Thursday, May 15 at 07:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

We're pleased our 5th annual shred event in Baxter County, Ark., raised over $1,750, the most money raised to date from the event, for the Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime (C.A.L.L.), a statewide organization that supports foster and adoptive families.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank held the 5th annual Shred-A-Thon event on Saturday, April 26 at the Mountain Home East branch to raise money for The C.A.L.L of Baxter County. Approximately 6,000 pounds of paper were shredded and $1755.16 was raised, the most money raised to date for this event.

The Shred-A-Thon is sponsored by Arvest and Shred-it each year, and provides an environmentally friendly way to discard unwanted paper and sensitive documents in a secure manner. With this year’s success, the total amount of paper shredded and recycled in the past five years is over 24,000 pounds. In that same time, over $5,600 has been raised for the Mountain Home community.  

The C.A.L.L of Arkansas is a statewide organization that recruits, trains and encourages foster and adoptive families. The organization is active in over 30 Arkansas counties and launched in Baxter County last November. Here in Baxter County, one foster family was waiting to adopt a special needs child they had fostered for nine years. The delay for the family was raising money to install a necessary lift in their home for the child. The C.A.L.L committed to raising the funds for the lift, but the organization was uncertain on where the funds would come from. Two days after they made that commitment to the family, The C.A.L.L learned they had been chosen to receive the proceeds from the Shred-A-Thon. Thanks to the Shred-a-Thon, the $1,755.16 raised enabled The C.A.L.L to reach their goal of raising the funds for the lift. The lift is being installed in the next few days for the family.

In addition to training families and placing foster children, the organization also works to provide diapers, clothes, baby gear, toys, and other necessities to foster families.  The C.A.L.L of Baxter County also hosts informational meetings, speaking engagements, and awareness meetings to spread awareness about the urgent need for foster homes and families. The organization also recruits volunteers for the C.A.L.L Closet, hospitality team, church representative teams, transportation teams, DHS Liaisons, and home study volunteers. 

 “We are so thankful that so many people in the community could join us to have a successful Shred-a-thon this year. To be able to make a tangible difference for a family in our own community is such a gift,” Tiffany Watkins, spokesperson for Arvest said.  “Also, we raised more money this year than we have in any of the past four years which was a great thrill, and we are so glad it will be helping such a great organization.”

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas, Press Release
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