Honey Sunday Back With a New Product

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It's an annual event known to many across Nebraska: Honey Sunday.

"The purpose of Honey Sunday is to raise funds and awareness for The Arc chapters across the state, because we benefit people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families," said Kristen Larsen, Executive Director of The Arc of Buffalo County.

Honey Sunday started in Grand Island in 1963, and volunteers for The Arc of Buffalo County have been selling honey door to door and in front of stores for 48 years.

"It's definitely helping, and it's really rewarding to help. And when you get back, they're all like, thank you so much. It's nice, and you know that it's going to help them. You know where it's going," said Ashley Whitley, a sophomore at University of Nebraska-Kearney who volunteers through her sorority.

And this year, The Arc of Buffalo County added something new. In addition to the traditional honey bears, The Arc will also be selling lockable shoelaces.

"Essentially it's a shoelace that the person doesn't have to tie, they have a lock in place that kind of makes your shoe a slip-on. It's very helpful for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, because sometimes tying shoes is very hard," Larsen explained.

Organizers said the community has always responded well to their efforts, and they're thankful, because The Arc helps people like 17-year-old Trevor Roberts.

"They help me hang out in the community and help me make some new friends," said Roberts.

And according to volunteers, the community is sweet on the efforts.

"The community knows about this, so it's not like we're bombarding them. They know about it and a lot of other communities around Kearney do it also. So we really do get a lot of support. Even if they don't like honey, they'll buy it and support it," said Whitley.

Roberts added: "They say it's the best honey ever."

The Arc of Buffalo County will continue selling honey and shoelaces in front of stores in Kearney on weekends throughout the month of November. The Arc of Central Nebraska will kick off its selling of honey in Grand Island on November 11, 2012.