Arkansas musician donates song proceeds to Methodist Family Health

Downloads from Streaming Services Will Benefit Arkansas Children and Families Who are Abandoned, Abused and Neglected

LITTLE ROCK, AR  – Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders, a local band made up of musicians from throughout Arkansas, are donating the proceeds of the download of their original song, This is the Time to Shine, to Methodist Family Health.

Proceeds from every download from now until 11:59 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 31, 2021 will be donated to Methodist Family Health.

Methodist Family Health Director of Communications Kelli Reep told NEA Report the partnership was a perfect fit.

“Methodist Family Health has our largest fundraiser of the year called Share the Light during the holidays. It focuses on November and December, the biggest donation season of the year, and we ask Arkansans to share their light of peace, stability and hope with the children and families in our care. When I came to Methodist Family Health in 2017, I thought the Share the Light campaign could be expanded to a continuum-wide, year-round one, not just one for our Foundation, and not just as a fundraising campaign. When our employees help a child and their family in crisis, they are sharing their light of peace. When our clients begin to find peace, their lives become more stable, and they begin to find hope. When they go home, their stability makes the community we all live in more stable, and we can build a more hopeful, brighter home and future for everyone. That’s the basis of Share the Light and SHINE. All it takes is one spark being shared to do brilliant things.”

Dolly Parton is a personal shero of mine, and she has a bluegrass rendition of a rock song called Shine that I love. It occurred to me that our campaign could do the same thing – Share the Light and SHINE. I asked Jason Lee Hale, who is a friend to me personally as well as to the Methodist Family Health, if he would write a song for us. We commissioned This is the Time to Shine from him, and now he and the band who performed this song are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the download of our song from any streaming service to the children and families at Methodist Family Health.

– Kelli Reep, Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health

The song was written for Methodist Family Health’s new SHINE campaign in which the nonprofit encourages Arkansans to share their light with their communities so all may benefit.

“I did not know a lot about Methodist Family Health when they approached me about writing a song for them,” said Jason Lee Hale, who is originally from England, AR and now resides in North Little Rock, AR. “When I learned they are more than 120 years old and work with this state’s children and their families who are struggling with abandonment, abuse and neglect or dealing with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues, I was inspired to write this song. After talking with my bandmates, we decided to donate all of the proceeds from the song’s downloads until the end of the year.”

Jason has a HUGE heart, he’s a native Arkansan, and he is an incredible singer-songwriter. It made sense to us that, as Arkansans who understand we have to help each other if we are going to accomplish positive things, we work together.

– Kelli Reep, Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health

To watch the video for This is the Time to Shine, visit Methodist Family Health’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-UL0v1RBRU. To download the song, visit any music streaming service like Amazon Music, Spotify, iTunes, etc. and search for Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders.

Methodist Family Health Foundation is the 501©3 fundraising arm of Methodist Family Health. In November and December, the Foundation launches its biggest fundraising appeal of the year, Share the Light. Proceeds from this appeal go to providing the therapy, services and resources to the Arkansas children and their families throughout Methodist Family Health’s statewide, complete continuum of care. To contribute to Methodist Family Health Foundation’s Share the Light Christmas appeal, you can:

1. Text GIVE to 501-881-2258;
2. Donate online at https://www.methodistfamily.org/donate.html;
3. Call Christy at 501-906-4201 to make a secure donation over the phone using your debit or credit card;
4. Mail a check or cash donation to Methodist Family Health Foundation, P.O. Box 56050, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215-6050;
5. Make a donation at any Arkansas United Methodist Church by placing a check or offering envelope in the offering plate. The church will forward your donation to Methodist Family Health;
6. PayPay @MethodistFamily; or
7. VenMo @MFHFoundation.

For more information, visit MethodistFamily.org.

About Methodist Family Health
Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health’s mission is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help. A statewide continuum of care, Methodist Family Health each year serves thousands of Arkansas children and their families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle, psychiatric residential treatment centers, therapeutic group homes, a day treatment program, counseling clinics, school-based counseling clinics, a grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).



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