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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.

Member of Little Rock Nine to Speak at Arkansas Tech

Member of Little Rock Nine to Speak at Arkansas Tech

Ernest Green, one of nine African-American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, will offer the keynote address for 2014 Black History Month events at Arkansas Tech University.

Green will speak in Witherspoon Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services, the Arkansas Tech College of Arts and Humanities and the Arkansas Tech Department of History and Political Science with support from the Arkansas Tech African-American Student Association and Omega Psi Phi, Arkansas Tech chapter.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pope County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Pope 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 Pope County:

Arkansas Tech Faculty, Students Use Talents to Benefit Main Street Mission

Arkansas Tech Faculty, Students Use Talents to Benefit Main Street Mission

Fewer individuals in the Arkansas River Valley will be hungry this holiday season thanks to the efforts of the Arkansas Tech University Department of Art.

The Empty Bowls project led by Ty Brunson, associate professor of art at Arkansas Tech, and students from the Arkansas Tech Visual Arts Association raised $1,681 for the Main Street Mission in Russellville.

Raul Torres, president of Main Street Mission, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.

“This is a wonderful thing,” said Torres. “There are so many different ways that we can meet the needs that exist in our communities. This is a great example of the creative ways that people can help.”

Brunson and art students at Arkansas Tech combined to create 170 ceramic bowls, which were purchased during a sale hosted by the Visual Arts Association in the Norman Hall lobby in late November.

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.

Holiday Greeting: Staff Sgt. Magen Harger

Drivers needed for Disabled American Veterans

Drivers needed for Disabled American Veterans

UNDATED (KTHV) - Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is looking for volunteers to drive our nation's Veterans to and from medical appointments.

Volunteers would be able to ensure that Veterans living remotley from a VA hosptial will not go without treatment. This is a much needed service.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit: http://on.kthv.com/HV9GqX

For more information on DAV, Visit: http://on.kthv.com/19qSpfh