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AETN collects food, sweaters this week in public drive

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Who doesn't love Halloween your neighbors giving you free candy just because you put on a silly get up and got a little low key exercise up and down the street for a minute?  At the end of the night, I always love the fun my kids have and bonding with neighbors but I also feel a little weird and greedy because of the mass production for massive amounts of candy that is now in our possession, some that will end up in the trash. It's tons of fun but I do truly believe that less is more and only having what you really need - knowing there are those who don't have much, it just seems like such a luxury.

So to balance out that weirdness, I'll clean out a closet or two and a pantry or buy a little extra at the grocery store for those who need a little more.  AETN is holding two public service campaigns to benefit those in need in Central Arkansas through this Friday. AETN kicked off a Growing Hope Against Hunger food drive and a Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive on Sept. 17.

In the words of the ever kind and generous Fred Rogers "That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors in our own way, everyone is a giver and a receiver."

Donation sites in Conway include: AETN, 350 South Donaghey; Conway Corporation, 1307 Prairie Street; and the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler Street. Donations may also be made in Little Rock on the first floor of the Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane Avenue.

Check out the preview of Sesame Street's Growing Hope Against Hunger primetime special.

"All of us, at some time or other need help Whether we're giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to the world."  Thanks Fred for the gentle reminder.

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" airs on AETN at 5 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays.