FCRA and Antioch to Provide Food/Winter Warmth to Veterans December 1

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December 01, 2016
Ivy Owen, Executive Director
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
(479) 452-4554 or (479) 651-5016
FCRA and Antioch To Provide Food/Winter Warmth to Veterans December 1
FORT SMITH, Ark. (November 30, 2016) – Each November Chaffee Crossing accepts donations of coats and winter clothing in conjunction with the Veterans Day Parade. On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Chaffee Crossing will partner with Antioch for Youth and Family and Camp Hope for Heroes at Chaffee Crossing to distribute free winter clothing and food to Fort Smith area veterans. Distribution of coats, blankets, winter clothing and food will begin at 12:00 pm in the parking lot behind the VA Clinic at Sparks Clinic, South 17th St. and South M St., Fort Smith, AR. It is the lower back parking lot behind the main Sparks Clinic building. Look for the silver Antioch for Youth and Family van.
Ivy Owen, executive director of Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority says donations this year were exceptionally generous. “Several weeks prior to the fifth annual Veterans Day Parade in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District, our staff worked with area businesses to place collection boxes around Fort Smith. They made multiple trips to collect donations before parade day. The Fort Smith regional community generously donated a variety of items for area veterans. Then Camp Hope for Heroes at Chaffee Crossing joined in and provided items that they had collected for veterans. That made the amount to distribute much larger than it has been in years past. So we decided to partner with Antioch For Youth and Family and make it an event to benefit area veterans. We are pleased to be able to show our appreciation for veterans in such a meaningful way during the Christmas season.”
Partnering with Charlotte Tidwell, director of Antioch for Youth and Family and their veteran food pantry, provided access to a network among area veterans. Antioch provides a mobile food pantry to veterans on the fourth Thursday of each month in this same location. The pantry was postponed in November due to the massive food distribution held in Martin Luther King Park on Saturday, November 19. Tidwell agreed to work with FCRA to provide food along with the donated coats and winter clothing that many veterans need to get through the winter months, particularly homeless veterans.
Area agencies that serve the homeless and those in need of food are also helping spread the word to veterans and their families.
Lorie Robertson, Marketing Director
(479) 452-4554