Staff of Visit Hot Springs Joins With Veterans Support Group To Raise Money for Rehab of House for At-risk Vets, Families | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

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Staff of Visit Hot Springs Joins With Veterans Support Group To Raise Money for Rehab of House for At-risk Vets, Families

Published: 10/30/2019

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The staff of Visit Hot Springs, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, has joined with a veterans support group to raise money for the rehabilitation of a house that will serve at-risk veterans and their families.

Visit Hot Springs will be accepting donations the week leading up to this event, December 16-20! Bring items to the Hot Springs Convention Center between the hours of 8AM to 5PM. Drop off location is located at the back of the Convention Center building on Church Street --> HALL A. Clothing items will not be accepted.

The fundraising project will be a giant rummage sale, Vending for Vets, on December 21 that will donate all the money raised to directly benefit Arkansas Veteran Support Services, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor, directly assist and improve the quality of life of Central Arkansas’ at-risk and disabled veterans.

AVSS has inherited a house that will be remodeled and used as a residence where at-risk or homeless veterans and their families can stay as they rebuild their lives.

The property is located at 300 Glade Street in Hot Springs. The property has a good roof and subfloor, but needs some structural and cosmetic improvements, complete electrical, and complete plumbing. Arkansas Honor Ride and AVSS volunteers are ready to begin the project, said Leysa Lowery, human resources director for Visit Hot Springs.

“The staff of Visit Hot Springs was challenged to come up with a project that would involve all of our employees and benefit a public cause,” Lowery said. “We asked our staffers to vote on a project, and they chose one that will benefit veterans in Hot Springs and Garland County.”

The staff decided to hold a giant rummage sale on Saturday, December 21, in Exhibit Hall A of the Hot Springs Convention Center, Lowery said.

“Visit Hot Springs employees will donate and collect items for the rummage sale, and all the money will go to AVSS,” she said. “We’ll ask the public to contribute items so that this will be a huge rummage sale. We will be taking donations of items for the sale — except no clothing or shoes — beginning Monday, December 16, and lasting until Friday, December 20, at noon.

“At 8 a.m. December 21 we’ll open the doors and begin the sale.” 

Arkansas Veteran Support Services is a nonprofit organization that relies on individual and corporate donations.  It has conducted 15 projects to help local veterans safely navigate their homes and property, and has provided transportation to and from medical appointments.

Now, AVSS has inherited the home which will be remodeled and used as a residence where at-risk or homeless veterans and their families can stay as they rebuild their lives.

“We want to help them complete this community-minded effort as well as show our support for our veterans who have given us so much of themselves,” Lowery said. “If you have questions regarding AVSS, please feel free to contact their director, Wendell Roberts, at 501- 276-1452 or arvetservices@yahoo.com.” 

If you have question regarding the Vending for Vets Rummage Sale, contact Leysa Lowery at 501-321-2027 or leysa@hotsprings.org.

Roberts said AVSS and the Arkansas Honor Ride were established in 2014 to fulfill the needs of the at-risk and disabled veteran population.  The organizations, in partnership with Veteran Villages of America, the Arkansas Disabled Veterans Administration, and Arkansas Workforce Center, have provided transportation to medical appointments, ramp construction and repair, household floor replacement and general welfare assistance to veterans in need.  

The Arkansas Honor Ride and Arkansas Veteran Support Services are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that rely on individual and corporate donations.  Fundraising efforts include the Arkansas Honor Ride organization’s namesake, the Arkansas Honor Ride and the Purple Heart Parade; a group motorcycle procession traveling from Little Rock to the Garland County Veterans Memorial.  Additional fundraising efforts have included a car and bike show and poker runs.

For information call Leysa Lowery at 501-321-2017.

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