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Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Lonoke County:

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to give away Christmas meals

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to give away Christmas meals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ABCBS) – Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will give away Christmas dinners to 12 families in Arkansas. People can register at any Arkansas Blue Cross enrollment center located inside select Goodwill Industries of Arkansas stores around the state.

Arkansas Blue Cross enrollment centers are open at the following Goodwill store locations and times:

Benton — 1716 Military Road, Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bryant — 5914 Highway 5 North, Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cabot — 204 S. Rockwood Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fayetteville — 705 E. Appleby Rd., Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Little Rock — 7400 Scott Hamilton Rd., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Little Rock — 109 Markham Park Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mountain Home — 759 Hwy 62 East, Suite 102, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (First Electric) – Nineteen nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $17,500 in donations.

Recipients by county include:

Couple invites whole community to Thanksgiving dinner

Couple invites whole community to Thanksgiving dinner

CABOT, Ark. (CabotFeast) - This is the fourth year Heather and Dane Moore have coordinated a Thanksgiving meal for the entire Cabot community. The Moore family wants everyone to be able to have a meal and come together as a family at the Fourth Annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast. The organizers are asking the Cabot community to come together to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those that would not have a Thanksgiving meal. The Moore’s want people to realize that they don’t have to be alone and they don’t have to spend Thanksgiving without a meal or a place to go. The goals for the feast are to show the love to the feasts patrons, provide a relaxing, home-like atmosphere and a first-class Thanksgiving meal.

Holiday Greeting: Tech. Sgt. Andrew Williams

Holiday Greeting: Senior Airman McGovern