Hot Springs On The GO!
If there's one thing we're blessed with here in Hot Springs, it's a community that has a heart for giving back. No matter what your passions are, there are opportunities around every corner to make a difference in the lives of many.
Relay for Life of Garland County has a special place in my heart as it has, I'm sure, in yours. I feel everyone truly has been affected by cancer in some way, and this annual event sets out to celebrate those still with us, remember those who lost their battle, and show appreciation to the physicians and nurses who do so much to ensure all who are affected are well taken care of.
This year, the event has a few twists in order to make it more accommodating for all who would like to participate including moving Relay indoors. As it will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena this year, the theme will appropriately be “Under the Big Top,” featuring a lighthearted, circus atmosphere with carnival events for the whole family.
Another mainstay in our community is Habitat for Humanity, which has been providing homes and improving lives for the past 20 years. As of 2014, 115 homes have been constructed since 1996, and with this milestone anniversary the organization is shifting its focus from the number of homes built to sharing the unique success stories of those families they have helped over the years.
But Garland County residents aren't limited to making a difference locally, as Shay Clark is proving through her work with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. From a young age, she knew she wanted to make a difference in not only her city, but the world and she is doing just that while obtaining her MBA and living in Germany.
Even the simplest things can make a huge impact locally and abroad, and Hot Springs truly is the city with a heart.