'Get up and Give Day' benefits Arkansas children

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    The group participated in several service projects today with the United Methodist Family Health.

    Tammie Magby is among the thousands of children and Arkansas Care adults being helped at the Little Rock campus.

    "My baby got taken away from me at the hospital at birth because I tested positive for amphetamines and opiates," said Magby.

    And to get her barely three-month old son back home, she's here, like many other clients, going through rehab.

    "A lot of people do come here without anything. They don't know they are coming and the mothers don't have anything for the babies," Magby explained.

    Alyssa Anderson with the United Methodist Family Health says a grant from the global Methodist foundation is helping put on a charity event called 'Get up and Give'.

    "I mean they literally come with the clothes on their back and so they depend on us to provide these things while they are in our care," said Anderson. "We have volunteers all over our campus today who are planting flowers and just helping to beautify the campus."

    And Methodist churches across central Arkansas, including one in Keo, are also collecting basic necessities for the children.

    "We are collecting items such as diapers and detergents and toothpaste toothbrushes, paper towels. All kinds of items that any family needs but they don't have the ability to purchase them," said Jean Landrum
    Ala Chaney, also from the church says, "'Get up and Give Day' is worth so much just because what we've tried to do is, hopefully through that is, let these other churches know that you don't have to be a big church to have an impact on people."

    Even though she's only been at the United Methodist Family Health campus for less than a month, Magby says she's seen the need firsthand and the items will be a big help.

    "I think it's really neat and the Arkansas Care needs it," she said.

    'Get up and Give Day' was a one day collaborative event but the United Methodist Church in Keo donates items every three months to the Methodist Behavioral Hospital which serves children.
    To help, visit http://www.keoumc.com

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