Hot Springs youth, Kalandin Allen enjoys fun in the sun while participating in the “Sidewalk Chalk Challenge” provided by Ace Hardware.
By Eric Boyd
HOT SPRINGS – Two Hot Springs businesses, Ace Hardware and The Mammoth Site are providing ongoing “Curbside Crafts” and take away bags aimed at keeping kids engaged with education and outdoor activities.
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs provided “Dig Cups” for budding paleontologists. These cups mimic a mini dig site, allowing kids to discover real fossil remains.
Ace Hardware provided a “Sidewalk Chalk Challenge,” including a bag of chalk and worksheet for creative sidewalk activities including sidewalk Tic-Tac-Toe and Chalk Obstacle Course.
Both businesses post updates of their curbside pickups on their Facebook pages, encouraging families to share photos of their kids in action.
Kelly Bednar organizes the curbside crafts for Ace.
“Our goal is to continue to do it for as long as school was supposed to be in session. We’ve had a really good response. This week we had about a hundred participants, 80 on the previous week, 50 on our first week,” says Bednar.
Bednar’s family owns and operates the Hot Springs Ace Hardware. Bednar says these on-going projects are a way for her family to give back to the community during these challenging times---to show continuing support for local families with children home from school during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The biggest thing from the family… we really love being a part of this community. We love being able to give back to everyone, especially when being a small business in the area,” Bednar says.
Two random Ace Hardware participants were drawn Monday, receiving a free backpack filled with more family-focused activities. Congratulations to the Allen and Pokorski families, this week’s prize-winning participants.
Hot Springs’ resident, Allison Allen & son, Kaladin, participated in both activities. Kaladin was drawn as the Ace Hardware prize winner.
“We love our community! My son has really been enjoying the curbside activities these businesses have provided and we appreciate all that they do,” says Allen.
In addition to the curbside crafts, Ace Hardware also recently implemented curbside pickup for their customers who prefer not to come into the store during this time. They have also improved their website for customers making it possible to order products online that they currently have in stock at the store.
According to Brad Bednar with Ace, when customers go to www.acehardware.com, they can select Hot Springs Ace Hardware as their store and then search for the products they need.
“When they select the product, the message below will show up saying that it’s available for pick up today,” Brad said. “If it’s not in stock, it will be delivered on our next truck. This option is new to us but we wanted to make sure we’re making everything we have available to our customers when they need it during this time and also offering curbside pickup.”
Follow Ace Hardware and The Mammoth Site on Facebook for weekly updates on curbside pick-up activities.