Hot Springs On The GO!

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News -

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.

Beth Bright As­so­ciate edi­tor

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