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NWA, River Valley 2020 holiday season charities and fundraisers

With most holiday fundraising events being canceled throughout the year due to coronavirus, the need has never been bigger for community support.

ARKANSAS, USA — The holiday season is a time of giving, charity and love, and each year, people come together to raise money for worthy local causes.

With most holiday fundraising events being canceled throughout the year due to COVID-19, the need has never been bigger for community support.

The holiday season is here, and there is no shortage of need in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Below is a list of local holiday charity events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers. We will be updating this list throughout the season, so please check back for updates. If you would like a holiday charity event to be added to the list, please email news@kfsm.com.

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During the coronavirus pandemic, businesses across the state were forced to temporarily close, resulting in hiring freezes, furloughs, lay-offs and job loss. Many small business owners were unable to recover from the loss of revenue, leaving them with no choice but to permanently close. 

Before COVID-19 hit Arkansas' borders, the state had its lowest jobless rate in decades at 3.5%. By April, that rate had leaped to 10.2%

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On March 17, schools moved to virtual learning by state mandate for the remaining portion of the 2020 spring semester. As a result, many working parents had to find child day-care services, taking an overwhelming hit to already tight budgets or quit their jobs to stay home with their kids. Families were also hit with a significant increase in grocery costs, as children were no longer eating two of their three meals at school.

When the COVID-19 crisis first hit Arkansas, communities across the area pulled together, reaching out to those in need with acts of kindness and generosity and have continued the effort to support those hit the hardest throughout the year.

Click on the links below to learn about charitable events happening in our area this holiday season.

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Alma:

Alma Outreach Center Turkey Drive at Walmart Alma

  • Nov. 20 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Barling:

Stocking Drop-off, Cookies & Santa Drive-Thru at Mercy Crest Assisted Living

  • Dec.18 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bentonville:

"Dress My Tree" Village on the Park Bentonville on Facebook Live

  • Dec. 9 and Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Necessities Drive hosted by Seniors and Law Enforcement Together

  • Dec. 2-15

Express Rally Holiday Hoon Toy Drive at Jason's Pro Detail

  • Dec. 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Express Rally Holiday Hoon Toy Drive

  • Dec. 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Salvation Army of NWA to host Thanksgiving meals in Bentonville

  • Nov. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Merry & Bright Necessities Drive

  • Dec. 2-15

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Booneville:

Raffle for Booneville Shop with a Cop program

  • Now through Dec. 18

Clarksville:

UDL Coat & Sock Drive Day 2 at Johnson County Chamber

  • Nov. 21 at 12:00 p.m.

Elkins:

Community comes together to support Elkins Shop with a Cop program

Fayetteville: 

Arkansas truck scene toy drive at Lokomotion Family Fun Park

  • Dec. 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

11th Annual Potter's House Christmas at Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville

  • Dec. 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa's Sack Outreach at Walker Park Main Pavilion

  • Dec. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

#GivingTuesday Give Back Day for Compassion House at Torchy's Tacos

  • Dec. 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Meals on Wheels Holiday Fundraiser Online Event

  • Dec. 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Holiday Food Drive hosted by NASH 94.3, 98.3 The KEG and Power 105.7

  • Nov. 15 - Dec. 1. from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Razorbacks drive-thru food drive at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium

  • Nov. 24. from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Salvation Army of NWA to host Thanksgiving meals in Fayetteville

  • Nov. 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Fort Smith: 

Chloe’s Cozy Drive - blanket drive for homeless in Fort Smith

Salvation Army Angel Tree Car Show at Greg's Too Car Care Center

  • Dec. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Fort Smith Community Market: The Giving Tree Part 2 at Fort Smith Retro Market

  • Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Junior League of Fort Smith's VIRTUAL Holiday Home Home Tour 2020 

  • Dec. 6

Salvation Army Angel Tree Car Show

  • Dec. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Central Mall

Helping Hands Ministry Clothing and Toy Drive at Central Mall

  • Nov. 27-28

Northside Christmas Toy Run at Spradling Elementary School

  • Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Annual Toy Drive at Old Fort Harley-Davidson

  • Nov. 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Fort Smith Community Market: The Christmas Giving Tree

  • Nov. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hacket:

4th Qtr Eboard & Christmas Party

  • Dec. 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Huntsville:

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Lowell:

Annual Toy Run - NWA Bikers/ACOM at Ward Nail Park

  • Nov. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Prairie Grove:

Prairie Grove Shop with a Cop Auction

  • Dec. 5 at 12:00 p.m.

Rogers:

NWA Snowball Effect Charity Campaign

  • Dec. 14-18 online

Sheepdog Impact Assistance Giving Tuesday Together We Give

  • Dec. 1

#GivingTuesday Give Back Day for Compassion House at Torchy's Tacos

  • Dec. 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

CHRISTMAS TOY RUN at Bass Pro Shop at Rogers Ark.

  • Dec. 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Warm for the Winter Coat Drive at Pinnacle Hills Promenade

  • Nov. 20 - Dec. 11

Super Fantastic Charity Marathoning 

  • Now through Dec. 31

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Siloam Springs:

Breakfast with BW Pancakes & Santa 

  • Dec. 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Food Pantry Community Day - 2020 at Gwen Jones Food Pantry

  • Dec. 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Springdale:

Super Fantastic Charity Marathoning Team

  • Now through Dec. 31

Blessing Baskets 2020 hosted by Cross Church

  • Nov. 21 at 9:00 a.m.

Super Fantastic Charity Marathoning 

  • Now through Dec. 31

Salvation Army Angel Tree at Walmart

Van Buren:

Thanksgiving Drive Thru Blessing at The Current Outreach Church

  • Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

2nd Annual FOD "Jingle all the Way" 5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk

  • Dec. 5 at 11:00 a.m.

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