And now for our favorite weekly assignment. Here are a few of the local stories that gave us hope and put smiles on our faces.


It was a good week in the way of some much-need funds making their way into the community. Thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance awarded $57,000 in sub-grants to 126 nonprofits in the state. And Little Rock's own Dempsey Bakery took home the grand prize of $2,500 in the national Food Love contest hosted by Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods to help with expenses during COVID-19.


In more adorable hunger-fighting news, Little Rock brothers Izzy and Elliott Kopsky and their dad hopped on their bikes and rode a combined 98 miles to raise more than $11,000 for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.


Graffiti's Italian restaurant has joined the mission to keep hungry neighbors and essential workers fed during the crisis, and you can help them do just that. They set up a Go Fund Me page where your donations go directly to those who need it most. Check it out here.


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Social distancing isn't easy, especially on a holiday weekend, so Flyway Brewing answered the call by setting up a tailgate-style tent city in the parking lot so folks can enjoy good brews and grub with a little bit of sunshine. 


And ending with a heavy dose of cuteness, Methodist Family Health put out the call for folks to share photos of their pets because they know nothing lifts our spirits quite like our furry and feathered friends. Head to their Facebook or Instagram for more smiles.


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