Several years ago, local resident Kenneth Sandifer awoke from a dream inspired by God to give back to local law enforcement, firefighters and other public servants.

Several years ago, local resident Kenneth Sandifer awoke from a dream inspired by God to give back to local law enforcement, firefighters and other public servants.
That dream turned into a meal for all local first responders that was well-received and well-attended.
After two years, the torch was passed to the Arkadelphia Lions Club, who was responsible for last year's dinner.
For the second year in a row, the Arkadelphia Lions Club will coordinated the fourth annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner.
The dinner will be held at the Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Center, located at 2555 Twin Rivers Drive, on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Joining the Arkadelphia Lions Club in this year's event will be Patterson Federal Credit Union.
“Mr. Sandifer wanted us to be able to take it over and keep it going,” said Overturf.
According to Mark Overturf, president of the Arkadelphia Lions Club, the catered meal is expected to be feed every policeman, fireman, paramedic, EMT and game warden residing or working in Clark County. Approximately 350 individuals will be served during the meal, which will be closed to the general public.
After serving as greeters for the dinner in 2016, Overturf said the local Lions Club was asked to oversee the meal in 2017. This coincided with the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International.
Ironically, the Arkadelphia Lions Club will coordinate this year's meal as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of their local club.
According to Overturf, Patterson Federal Credit Union's involvement comes as a result of fellow Lions Club members and PFCU employee Nicole McGough.
"She actually joined the Lions Club after this event last year. Patterson Credit Union has a lot of members who are first responders and they really wanted to get on board in a big way," Overturf explained.
Employees of Patterson Federal Credit Union will volunteer in various capacities.
Overturf noted that trustys at the Clark County Detention Center will be responsible for setting up and taking down tables and chairs for the event.
 
In addition to the meal, door prizes will also be awarded.
According to Overturf, anyone who would like to make monetary contributions to the dinner can send their funds to the Arkadelphia Lions Club or to Patterson Federal Credit Union. Funds not used this year will be used for next year’s dinner.

For more information, contact Overturf at (501) 626-0766 or McGough at (870) 464-7415.