Sometimes pain can be the catalyst that God uses to completely change the course of our lives, and for Sammy that’s exactly what happened. Sammy lost her best friend since 3rd grade, Deborah, in 2012. Deborah had been adopted and Sammy wanted to do something to honor her memory that would help other foster kids like Deborah. That is how the DEB project was born.
Now, just a few years later the DEB project has moved from the bonus room and garage of Sammy’s house to a storefront in a bustling area in Bentonville. When you enter the DEB store it looks like a typical consignment store, but behind the scenes it is so much more.
When a foster family receives a new child they are invited to visit Sammy at the DEB store. While there the kids get to shop for everything they need, including: 5 tops, 5 bottoms, socks, underwear, and shoes. All free of charge. In the backroom Sammy also keeps the shelves stocked with other items a foster family might need; backpacks, diapers, hygiene products, stuffed animals, baby items… whatever age kids comes into a home, the DEB store probably has what that family needs to get through the first few weeks.
DEB also works with local school counselors who identify children in need of clothing. When a counselor sees a child in need they can stop by the DEB store and pick up clothing or shoes for that child.
The DEB store is located at 1140 N Walton Blvd. in Suite 6. You can partner with DEB by donating gently used and new clothing and shoes for all ages, new and unopened socks and underwear, hygiene items, back backs, diapers, and new stuffed animals. Another (really fun) way you can support this ministry it to shop in their store! 100% of every purchase you make goes to fund the ministry. And if you have time on your hands and good organizational skills, DEB is completely run by volunteers and would love to have you spend some time with them.
If you’d like to find out more information about the DEB project you can find them online or give them a call at 479-544-9397.