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    Random acts of kindness at Park Plaza, donation to an emerging grassroots organization, celebrate President's Day at Clinton Center

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

    Here's a look at a few stories that are on The Brighter Side...

    Share the love at Park Plaza Mall
    Back by popular demand, Park Plaza Mall is celebrating National Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 13 through 19, 2012. During this week of giving back, shoppers at the mall have been randomly surprised with free gifts (photo gallery) handed out by volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas and staff from the shopping center.

    The event is co-sponsored by Coca-Cola, which will partner with CBL Malls to make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters for its support.

    An impressive array of goodies is being given away, including gift cards and money saving coupons from popular stores and restaurants including Ann Taylor, Auntie Anne's, Bare Escentuals in Dillard's, Chick-fil-A, Dillard's and Dillard's Salon & Spa, Gymboree, Indigo, MasterCuts, Perfumes 'N More, Regis Salons, Seattle Grind, Sephora and The Crown Shop.  In addition, Shen Yun Performing Arts will be giving away two tickets to the February 27, 2012 Chinese New Year Show at the Robinson Center Music Hall, and Terina Marketing will be giving away two VIP tickets to a Branson, Missouri show of the recipient's choice.

    "We hope that shoppers, who receive a Random Act of Kindness at one of our malls, will pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else," says Sean Phillips, regional marketing director for CBL Malls. After all, spreading kindness and good will is what this week is all about!" 

    For more information on Random Acts of Kindness, visit the Park Plaza website at www.ParkPlazaMall.com starting Friday, February 10, 2012.

    New grant helping to integrate immigrants
    The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) recently made a grant of $30,000 to the Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC) to strengthen grassroots programs that help immigrants to integrate into the community and state economy.

    "When immigrants have a public voice and are given the resources they need to organize their communities and take on tangible community development projects, they prosper," remarked Ms. Mireya Reith, Executive Director of AUCC. "And when the immigrant population prospers, the whole state prospers."

    AUCC's strategy strongly supports WRF's goal of reducing poverty in Arkansas.

    Building the capacity of early-stage nonprofits  such as AUCC is an important way in which WRF can serve the people of Arkansas. Throughout its history, WRF has helped to incubate emerging nonprofits that address critical needs. Several organizations that were supported by WRF at an early stage, such as Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, have grown into major institutions that are moving Arkansas from poverty to prosperity. AUCC holds that same potential.

    "AUCC is establishing itself as an important advocate for the immigrant community," noted Dr. Sherece West, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. "By investing in its growth, we are investing in a stronger, more effective nonprofit infrastructure across the state."

    Free admission day at the Clinton Presidential Library
    In honor of President's Day, admission at the Clinton Library and audio tours narrated by President Clinton are free throughout the day.

    The Library is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

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