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Mission Outreach seeks help from community with new program

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- Mission Outreach in Paragould is seeing a record number of children this summer in their soup kitchen and their 60 bed shelter. With the high demand of food, Mission Outreach has started a new program where the community has a chance to lend a helping hand.

The program is called Adopt a Night and it gives individuals and local businesses a chance to sponsor a night at the shelter paying for 200 meals in the soup kitchen and providing shelter for 60 people.

"It's a time of year where giving is typically down and so we were looking at ways to meet the need so we just thought of if we could get individuals to adopt a single night," Executive Director Jamie Collins said.

Mission Outreach is the largest shelter in Northeast Arkansas.

"Adopt a Night is to help us provide shelter and food and even more for those for those who are finding themselves with food insecurity or without a place to live," Collins said.

The costs is $215.00 to "Adopt a Night" at the shelter. Collins says they have been seeing record numbers and now that school is out more children depend on their soup kitchen to eat. In May alone, the Soup Kitchen served over 4,700 meals, the largest number of the year.

"Our goal is to get a third of the nights for a year adopted that it would give us some breathing room financially and allow us to stay focused on those who we are serving," she said. 

Adopt a Night kicked off Wednesday. Collins said they have already had several individuals step up and take on the challenge.

"Our Mission is to house the homeless, feed the hungry and care for the sick," she said.

Mission Outreach has a 60 bed shelter, an on-site soup kitchen that serves three meals a day. The shelter also has a food pantry and is partnered with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center to provide basic medical services. They also offer benevolent services that provides assistance with rent, fuel, utility and prescription medications.

Collins said they want to continue their to help those in need in the community.

"We want to be the stop-gap service that steps in the moment of crisis and help individuals not only alleviate the crisis but hopefully not have to return here again," she said.

If you are interested in Adopting a Night at Mission Outreach you can reach out to Jamie Collins at 870- 236-8080 or you can make a donation online at www.missionoutreachnea.com.

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