It's said the only thing stronger than fear is hope, and that's what two
men in Northwest Arkansas are trying to give to the needy in the area.
But they're asking for your help.
Just a year ago the unthinkable happened to Shane Callcut and his wife
after moving to a new home in Johnson.
"We were there for one week when the levy underneath the train tracks gave
way and sent 6 feet of water flowing through the neighborhood. We lost
everything," Callcut said, co-founder of Compassion in Action
Being without is something Tony Cossey knows all too well.
"I used to be homeless myself, I lived in my car," Cossey said,
co-founder of C.I.A. NWA.
Thanks to friends, family and complete strangers, they are both back on their
feet and ready to pay it forward.
"I think Compassion in Action kind of stemmed from that for me, because
others showed us compassion, and in turn, I wanted to give it
back," Callcut said.
"Shane and I are not wealthy, we don't have a lot of money, we're struggling
ourselves in today's economy and I think that's why we have such a heart for
people," Cossey said.
C.I.A. is the outcome of their tough times.
"There's many groups that want to help, that have this same heart, but
there's not enough," Cossey said.
Now the two hope to join efforts with support groups already in the area, but
with a personal twist.
"I think what we really want to do is be the in-between folks for
the in-between times, when families and those that have struggle have
reached their limits with other helping organizations," Callcut said.
So the goal of C.I.A. is to work together.
"If we could coordinate with other organizations in the area instead of
everybody trying to compete and be the one, I think we could get a whole lot
more done and more people could be helped," Callcut said.
More help, means more hope. The one thing that got Callcut
and Cossey where they are now.
"If you truly have compassion, without action, it doesn't mean
If you're interested in donating your goods, time or talent to C.I.A.
check out their Facebook page Compassion in Action NWA or email
them at CompassionNWA@gmail.com