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My Town Hero: Hot Springs woman starts homeless ministry, helps in African schools
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My Town Hero: Hot Springs woman starts homeless ministry, helps in African schools

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Bonita Garrabrant is someone who has certainly gone above and beyond to help serve others.

She not only helps the less fortunate in her community, but also others who are thousands of miles away. For that reason, she was nominated as a THV My Town Hero.

Four years ago, Bonita Garrabrant started a homeless ministry at Lake Pointe Church after her heart was gripped by the needs of homeless men and women in downtown Hot Springs.

Today, that ministry has grown tremendously. Bonita has come a long way from feeding the homeless out of the back of her car, to now stuffing dozens of bags full of donations to hand out each week.

" I don't have a lot of money but I connect people, places, and things so people give and I just pass it through," said Garrabrant.

But it doesn't end there. Her desire to help others goes far beyond donations. For Bonita, it's about forming friendships and inspiring young adults like Eden Davis to serve others.

" I saw how she loved on other people and I have that love in my heart," said Davis.

Whether providing food to families in need or responding to emergencies such as house fires or natural disasters, those who know Bonita say she works tirelessly to fulfill those needs.

"She feels it in her heart, it's not something someone has told her to go out and do," said Davis.

This is just a typical day for Bonita, as she walks along Creek Greenway visiting who she calls her Downtown friends, to hand out the green bags to whoever needs one.

When she isn't helping those at home, she is thousands of miles away in Africa working at schools and orphanages.

"They're working on a library, we helped with that. We worked with kids, we did some teaching," said Garrabrant.

Bonita is a trained Advocate for Compassion International. She also sponsors a young girl in Uganda and is now working on going back to help teach in leadership conferences.

"I just get to go out and share the love of Jesus with other people and that's all I'm here to do," said Garrabrant.

She believes it's her calling to serve others. Her hope is that they too spread the love from one person to the next. And while many may call her a hero, she's quick to remind us all..."I'm just a regular crazy old tattooed woman that goes out and loves on people."


Do you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond? Maybe they’re always helping people, or greets everyone with a smile. Perhaps they’ve beat unthinkable odds or have accomplished something exceptional. We want to highlight them. To have your My Town Hero featured, email information about them and what makes them extra special, along with a photo, to:mytown@thv11.com. Include “My Town Hero” in the email subject line and we’ll take care of publishing it for you.

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