About

The GREAT GIFT EXCHANGE is an event, sponsored by ALU, designed to provide a touchable sign of hope, through the distribution of toys and food baskets to 3225 economically disadvantaged children in Northwest Arkansas, Forrest City, Arkansas, Joplin, Missouri, Diamond, Missouri, Westville, Oklahoma, and Stilwell, Oklahoma during the holiday season.  Children, in Kindergarten – 5th grade, who may not experience the joy of receiving during the holiday season, are selected from local schools and other non-profit organizations to participate in this event.  For ALU, this is an opportunity to give back and help a population of less fortunate children live better. It is our desire to share with each child that they are a gift created to accomplish a special purpose; and exchange their hopelessness for the gift of HOPE.

 

Our goal for the 2014 Great Gift Exchange is to provide at least TWO toys and a FOOD BASKET for all 3225 economically disadvantaged children to enjoy during the holiday season.

 

The Northwest Arkansas 2014 Great Gift Exchange event will be on Thursday, December 4, 2014, and will be hosted at Fast Lane Entertainment, located in Lowell, AR. The children attending the event, along with their chaperone sponsors, will be treated to unlimited access to all the activities offered at Fast Lane Entertainment, clowns, face painting, balloons, and food.

 

About A Level Up

The Need

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, there is a disturbing upward trend that is likely to continue as our economy slowly recovers; CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IS ON THE RISE.  The child poverty rate in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma is the same as or higher than the national average of 20.1 percent.  Poverty has taken a strong foothold in these states with 658,438 children living in poverty.  Among children 6 through 11 years old, 45 percent live in poor families.

 

Research shows that poverty is the single greatest threat to a child’s well-being.  Poverty can hinder a child’s ability to learn and poverty contributes to social, emotional and behavioral problems. Investment in the development of the most vulnerable and the most valuable resources, our children, is critical. Something as simple as the gift of a new toy can give a child the hope they need to become a productive and responsible citizen, and break the cycle of poverty.

 

Thousands of children will need our help during the holiday season.  Our ultimate success depends on the support of the community and the generosity of people who are willing to get involve and help us inspire hope and change lives.

 

10 Year Red Carpet Celebration Gala

Thu, Nov 13 / 6:30-9pm

The 2014 Ten Year Red Carpet Celebration Gala is an ALU fundraising event to benefit our community outreach event the Great Gift Exchange, which will provide 6450 gifts to 3225 disadvantaged children in Northwest Arkansas, Forrest City, Arkansas, Joplin, Missouri, Diamond, Missouri, Westville, Oklahoma, and Stilwell, Oklahoma. The 2014 Gala will be held at the CROSSMARK Center For Collaboration on Thursday, November 13,2014, 6:30pm - 9:00pm.

 

Tickets are $40 per person and are available to purchase below. Sponsorship information is also available below.

Purchase Tickets

CROSSMARK Center For Collaboration

Sponsorships

ALU strongly believes in “Together We Can.” Through partnerships with community businesses and organizations, we can INSPIRE HOPE and CHANGE LIVES for children in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding communities; offering hope in times that seem hopeless. We are requesting your financial partnership with us for this special event. We have several levels of sponsorships.

Toy Drives

To ensure that we are able to have a maximum impact at the Great Gift Exchange, we need community partnerships to donate gifts or host a toy drive for the event.  We need 6450 gifts! To reach our goal and provide all 3225 children with a “Gift Bag of Hope” containing at least two toys.

 

Instructions for the Bag of Hope Toy Drive:

• Participants can look below and select a “GIFT LABEL” containing a child’s gender and grade level, and suggested items that may be purchased for the child.

• Click "Submit a Gift" and record your name, phone number and/or email, your company’s name, the gender and grade level for your child.

• Participants then purchase one or two items listed for the selected child.

• Return the purchased unwrapped gift(s) to your designated Toy Drive Coordinator.

• Toy Drive Coordinator will contact A Level Up when all toys are collected and ready for pick up.

Sign-Up to Host a Toy Drive

Toy Labels

Gift Label #1

Gender: Male

Grade: Kindergarten

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Hungry, Hungry Hippo Game or

Hungry, Hungry Herd Game

2. Bop It

3. Remote Control Car or Truck

Gift Label #2

Gender: Female

Grade: Kindergarten

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Candy Land Game

2. Crayola or Rose Art Activity Color Set

3. You and Me Baby Doll or a Doll

Gift Label #3

Gender: Male

Grade: 1st

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Whac-a-Mole Game

2. Bop It

3. Remote Control Car or Truck

Gift Label #4

Gender: Female

Grade: 1st

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Hedbenz Game for Kids

2. Magna Doodle or Doodler

3. Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Doll

Gift Label #5

Gender: Male

Grade: 2nd

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Connect Four Launchers Game

2. Bop It

3. Table Top Air Hockey

Gift Label #6

Gender: Female

Grade: 2nd

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Connect Four Double Grid Game

2. Bop It

3. Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Doll

Gift Label #7

Gender: Male

Grade: 3rd

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Trouble Game

2. Bounce It

3. Table Top Air Hockey

Gift Label #8

Gender: Female

Grade: 3rd

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Operation Game

2. Bop It

3. Barbie Doll

Gift Label #9

Gender: Male

Grade: 4th

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Sorry Sliders Board Game

2. Bounce It

3. Table Top Foosball

Gift Label #10

Gender: Female

Grade: 4th

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Twister Game

2. Bop It

3. Activity/Jewelry Kit

Gift Label #11

Gender: Male

Grade: 5th

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Perfection Game

2. Bounce It

3. Table Top Foosball

Gift Label #12

Gender: Female

Grade: 5th

 

Gift to Purchase:

1. Apple or Apple Jr. Game

2. Bop It

3. Activity/Jewelry Kit

We need 6450 gifts!

Food Drive

More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, to get the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the Christmas Holiday Break?

 

We need YOU to help fill the gap and help children get nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the Christmas Holiday Break.

 

Instructions for the Food Drive:

• Participants should look below for a list of items to purchase.

• Click "Purchase Food" below and record your name, phone number, email and your company’s name.

• Participants then purchase any or all the items listed.

• Return the purchased items to your designated Food Drive Coordinator.

• Food Drive Coordinator will contact A Level Up when all toys are collected and ready for pick up.

 

As a Toy or Food Drive Sponsor, your logo and/or company name will appear on:

• Promotional materials as a Sponsor for the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

• Visual presentation and apparel item for the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

• Gift Bag for the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

• ALU website as a Sponsor for the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

 

Additional Toy or Food Drive Sponsor Benefits include:

• Sponsor Signage with logo displayed at the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

• Verbal recognition at the ALU 2014 Great Gift Exchange Event

• Two tickets to the ALU 2014 Gala

Food Items Needed

• Microwave Macaroni & Cheese

• Microwave Pasta

• Microwave Soup/Soup in a Cup

• Microwave Popcorn

• Cheese Crackers

• Granola Bars

• Pop tarts

• Dry Cereal

 

 

• Hot Cereal {Oatmeal}

• Apple Sauce

• Peanut Butter

• Fruit Rollups

• Gummy Snacks

• Pudding

• Cereal Bars

• Fruit Cups

Purchase Food

Volunteer

ALU strongly believes in “Together We Can.” Through partnerships with our schools, students, parents, community businesses and organizations, we can impact the lives of children in our community; offering hope in times that seem hopeless. Together, here is how we can make an IMPACT.

Sign-Up to Volunteer

Before the Event

 

Gift Sorting

Set Up

During Event

 

Check In

Crowd Control

Game Monitors

 

 

Food Distribution

Gift Distribution

Clean Up

Contact

The Great Gift Exchange is a ministry of

A Level Up

Contact Form

Ron Harris

alevelupron@yahoo.com

 

Monique Harris

mamamharris@aol.com

Address

PO Box 7075

Springdale, AR 72766

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