Vivian Stockton made many personal sacrifices to help others. She even left her home and moved into a trailer outside of town, to be near a friend who needed help. Pastor Wayne Thomas, founder and director of Kind At Heart Ministries said that Vivian had spent her life serving others and helping the community.
While she was not living in her own home, Vivian let a foster daughter and granddaughter occupy it. When Vivian’s elderly friend passed away, she was ready to move back to town–yet she didn’t want to displace her foster daughter and granddaughter. “The thought of asking them to move back out never crossed her mind,” said Pastor Wayne.
That’s when caring friends and organizations in the Siloam Springs community came together to build an additional living space onto Vivian’s home. A significant amount of work was done by teams of employees from La-Z-Boy, Lowe’s, and by the Brotherhood men’s group from First Baptist Church. After the work was complete, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 1, 2016, attended by 120 people. This was the first time Vivian had seen the inside of her new apartment. She was surprised and delighted–and so grateful to a community that cared for her.
Click the image below to view a slide show depicting the work that was done to provide a place for Vivian Stockton.
In addition to those named above, contributions were also made by TH Rogers Lumber, Anderson Lumber, Allcorn Construction, Griffins Plumbing, Maples Electric, Ryan’s Tree Service, Short Cut Lawn Care, Carrier Heat and Air, DT Trucking, Wiles Academy, Ron Mooney State Farm Insurance, Rib Crib, The Balloon Closet, Neighborhood Market of Siloam Springs, Calvary Baptist Church of West Siloam Springs, First Presbyterian Church, Sager Creek Church, and many other caring individuals who worked alongside Kind At Heart Ministries.
If you have a subscription to the local newspaper, The Herald Leader, you can read more about the work that was done, and the open house that followed. The article was on the front page of the October 5, 2016 edition. If you happen to have an online subscription to the newspaper, you may use the following link to read about
A Project Completed.