Stuff the Sleigh 2014!

November 5th, 2014

It’s getting close to the 2014 Stuff the Sleigh toy drive for Arkansas foster children! We will join Tom Brannon tomorrow morning on Today’s THV at 6:25 to talk details and kick off the school competition!
Here is the schedule for this year’s toy drive:

Monday, December 1st – Jacksonville Walmart Super Center 5:00 a.m. – until 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 2nd – Sherwood Walmart Super Center 5:00 a.m. – until 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 3rd – Benton Walmart Super Center – 5:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 4th – Conway Walmart Super Center – 5:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Friday, December 5th – Little Rock (Bowman Road) Walmart Super Center – 5:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. is in its thirteenth year of providing Christmas presents for foster children across the state.

The event was created in 2002, when a need arose to help foster children experience the Merry Christmas that they deserve. Many of these children, through no fault of their own, were unable to be at home with their family during the holidays, and were suffering in an unnecessary way by missing the child-like joy that comes with opening presents with a new, special toy meant just for them! Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. was created to bring back the magic of Christmas to these foster children.

Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. began as a small toy drive, aided by a Central Arkansas radio station. The first year, Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. collected toys for a DHS office in Little Rock. From there, Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. has grown into a toy drive that has reached 16 counties and over 3,000 foster children! However, the story doesn’t end there!

Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that reaches foster children of Central Arkansas and beyond with Christmas presents and much more! Through your help, Stuff the Sleigh can impact so many lives!

Jason and Alicen Bennett are the founders of Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. Alicen has worked in child welfare for over 10 years with foster children. Jason and Alicen hope to help foster children across the state!

For more information about Stuff the Sleigh, please call Alicen Bennett at (501) 993-8871 or email us at alicen@stuffthesleigh.org.

Schools, we need your help!

How would you help promote ‘Stuff the Sleigh?’ We love your creativity, and again this year, schools have the opportunity to express their creativity while helping to promote ‘Stuff the Sleigh’ at the same time!

Sign up to help with Stuff the Sleigh between Monday, November 10th and Friday, November 21st then:

1. Create a banner to use at your school to help encourage your school mates to donate to the cause!

2. Place the banner on a wall, in a hallway on a door, wherever you want! Just use your imagination!

3. Then, snap a digital photo of your creative banner, and submit it to tbrannon@thv11.com.

For more info on the school contest, visit www.thv11.com.

Attention Schools!!!

November 8th, 2013

Schools we need your help!

How would you help promote ‘Stuff the Sleigh?’ We love your creativity, and this year schools have the opportunity to express their creativity while helping to promote ‘Stuff the Sleigh’ at the same time!

Sign up to help with Stuff the Sleigh between Monday, November 11-Friday, November 22 then:
•Create a banner to use at your school to help encourage your school mates to donate to the cause!
•Place the banner on a wall, in a hallway on a door, wherever you want! Just use your imagination!
•Then, snap a digital photo of your creative banner, and submit it to tbrannon@thv11.com.

Notes:
•You must collect at least 100 toys for your banner to be qualified for use.
•Email your ‘creative banner’ photo and number of toys collected to Tom at TBrannon@thv11.com between Nov. 11-Nov. 25.
•The deadline for digital photo entry is Monday, November 25th at 5 p.m.
•Toys need to be placed in large trash bags and delivered to one of the live locations listed below. All toys must be received by Friday, December 6th at 9:30 am.

Five banners will be selected to use on the THV11 Facebook page and the ‘Stuff the Sleigh’ web page each day. The first banner will be unveiled on Sunday, December 1st showcasing the school and its creativity along with the location of the live broadcast the following day. Jason and Alicen Bennett will decide which banners are to be used on the THV11 Facebook Page! All banners submitted will be seen on the THV11 web page!

Banner Criteria:
When creating banners, you must include the name of your school, THV 11 and ‘Stuff the Sleigh’ … the rest is up to you! Since these banners will be included on our THV11 Facebook page and ‘Stuff the Sleigh’ home page, please create ‘horizontal’ banners.

Live Broadcast Collection Locations and time:
Monday, December 2nd – Bryant Walmart Super Center 5:00 am – until 9:30 am
Tuesday, December 3rd – Cabot Walmart Super Center 5:00 am – until 9:30 am
Wednesday, December 4th – Sherwood Walmart Super Center – 5:00 am until 9:30 am
Thursday, December 5th – Conway Walmart Super Center – 5:00 am until 9:30 am
Friday, December 6th – Little Rock (Bowman Road) Walmart Super Center – 5:00 am until 9:30 am

Wrapping It Up!

December 10th, 2012

It’s time to wrap up another successful toy drive! Thanks to you, we had an amazingly great year! Stuff the Sleigh collected 6,260 toys and $30,456.63! We want to especially thank First Assembly NLR for choosing us once again to receive the love offering collected at their Christmas Lane. This year’s love offering was over $18,000! An STS donation record!
Tomorrow the caseworkers from around the state will come to pick up the toys and take them back to the foster children in their counties. We are truly grateful to our community, family, friends, and our Lord for all that has happened to make the 2012 Stuff the Sleigh toy drive a huge success!

What a Friday!!

December 7th, 2012

What a roller coaster of a morning! That was the fasted 4 hours ever! We had a blast seeing everyone that came out to bring toys and monetary donations. Special thanks to Lt. Governor Mark Darr and his office, Arkansas Baptist K4 and K5 kids, and ALL the other wonderful people we got to meet!
We received 1,092 toys and over $5,000 this morning! Check back soon to see the totals for the week. As always, we couldn’t have done it without Tom Brannon and Today’s THV!

Another Great Day!

December 5th, 2012

Sherwood really came out this morning! We collected 1,131 toys and over $1,700!Thanks so much for supporting us and Arkansas’ foster children. We really appreciate all of you who showed up, and thanks to Golden Corral for the yummy hot chocolate!
Tomorrow we’ll be at the Walmart in Conway on Hwy 65 North. Hope to see you!

A Terrific Tuesday!

December 4th, 2012

Thank you to all those who came out to drop off toys and cash today at the Bryant Walmart! Our prayers were answered and the rain held off til after all the toys (452!) were counted and sorted. Thanks so much to our awesome counters/sorters from Arkansas Baptist High School’s Beta Club! They had it all done in 40 minutes flat!
We’ll be out at the Sherwood Walmart Tomorrow and hope to see you there!

A Great Start!

December 3rd, 2012

We had a great start to this year’s toy drive this morning! A couple hundred toys and just under $2,000 was collected. Thanks so much to Tom Brannon for his big heart! We had a blast talking to all those who came out, and enjoyed chili and brownies! Thanks to Chenal Restoration for transporting our sleigh!
We’re hoping for no rain or at least no storms in the morning at Bryant Walmart!

Countdown to the 2012 Stuff the Sleigh Toy Drive

November 9th, 2012

We are just a few weeks away from the 2012 Stuff the Sleigh Toy Drive. Join us the week of December 3-7 as we collect new, unwrapped toys for the foster children in Arkansas. See you soon!!!

Stuff the Sleigh Rained Out for Monday!

December 4th, 2011

Due to the massive amounts of rain we have received, we have made the decision to cancel the toy drive’s kick off at the Bryant Walmart. The high potential for flooding and large amounts of rain that are forcasted to continue to fall all night and all day Monday, it is much safer to kick off the 2011 Stuff the Sleigh toy drive on Tuesday at the Walmart in Cabot.
Any toys that are brought to the Bryant Walmart may be left at their Customer Service desk where they will be picked up this week.

This is the first time we have had to cancel a morning in 10 years! We are disappointed, but hope to see everyone out at the other locations!

Gearing Up for 2011 Toy Drive!

November 15th, 2011

Wow! This year’s toy drive is right around the corner! Today’s THV hosted a great kick-off for the school competition. We want to thank all of the schools who are participating this year!
We are excited and looking forward to seeing everybody at the 2011 STS toy drive!