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The Pack Shack Party

Just got an email from Bret Raymond, executive director of The Pack Shack, a new Northwest Arkansas anti-hunger organization dedicated to bringing people together in a “crazy fun party setting to pack healthy meals” to benefit local hunger relief organizations. Bret was writing with an update on NWA vs. Hunger, their kickoff event that recently benefitted Convoy of Hope and several other great relief organizations. Here are few sentences from Bret’s email …

“Now … the final meal count. Over two days, more than 900 people packed a total of 215,136 meals! That’s some serious funnel awesomeness! Way to go! The meals were distributed to the NWA Food Bank, 7 Hills Homeless Center, the Manna Center, and Convoy of Hope. And the meals that were given to 7 Hills on Friday afternoon were distributed on Saturday morning through their GO 7 Outreach program. Talk about immediate impact right here in NWA! As for the food [plus] drive, we estimate that 3,000-4,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated, along with 19 slow cookers, 1 blender, a rake and shovel, and a bunch of kitchen utensils! Beyond that, the AARP Foundation donated $10,000 to the NWA Food Bank’s senior mobile pantry program! Overwhelming generosity from every direction!”

Think Bret and The Pack Shack are passionate about fighting hunger? We do, and we’re proud to have them has partners.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center

Dress Casual, Do Good

People are always coming up with new ways to raise money. They have bake sales, car washes, benefit concerts and other events simply to support what they believe in. As an organization who relies on the compassion of others, we are impressed with the unique ways people decide to give. O’Reilly Auto Parts (headquartered in Springfield) has been a partner of Convoy of Hope for many years. They recently held a campaign focused on helping us make a significant impact in the lives of those in need.

“Casual for a Cause” is a day that takes place each month at the O’Reilly corporate offices giving employees the opportunity to dress more comfortably—for good reason. Each January, Convoy of Hope has been chosen as O’Reilly’s benefiting charity for Casual for a Cause. This January, they raised more than $1,200 from employees that decided to dress-down and support Convoy of Hope.

“O’Reilly has always been proud to partner with such a great organization and we feel that our contributions to Convoy of Hope have always been very much appreciated,” says Julie Gray, director of corporate services. “This is just our way of giving back in the communities in which we live and work.” Each of O’Reilly’s 4,000-plus stores in the country has an advertising/donation budget to use within their community.

We would like to thank our friends at O’Reilly Auto Parts for their continued partnership and willingness to bring help and hope to those who are hurting all over the world.

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