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Unreported

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them…So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets…”

Matthew 6:1,2

There is a lot that happens at Hearts every day. We report to you the topics that will give you an update on the programs we are running and describe how the operation of our programs are doing, and how you are helping us to carry out our goals, vision, and mission.

Just as the above scripture advises us, many great deeds and actions that Hearts benefits from go unseen, or unreported. Many times, people take action on something they have read or heard about and we don’t always know about it; but somehow, we benefit from it.

Each night that Hearts Mobile Crews go out to feed the homeless and poor, all of their interactions are too numerous to report, their activities are done so naturally by them that every photo opp, or story doesn’t get noted.

At other times, we’ve received notes with donations, letters on how someone was spurred to donate by hearing about our work, or was helped by our organization years ago, we’ve had volunteers and donors that used to live in the neighborhood and are now touched to see all that Hearts is doing to help the local community.

Perhaps you are one of those we are speaking of, or you know someone who was impacted by our outreach, but it was never reported or even known by us.

Even those we serve, serve others because they empathize and want to help those within their own group. We’ve seen our poor friends on the street share their food with someone who may have shown up late. They are not doing it to be seen or applauded, they are doing it because they know what it feels like to be in need of food, friendship, or kindness.

We write this today because we are spurred on by the many people out there who are answering the call to help others. You may have noticed that the kindness you share or the help you gave came back like a boomerang just when you needed it.

Thank you for your unreported acts of kindness and help! We know our Father in Heaven sees each one and your reward awaits you there.

We hope you enjoyed your Easter!
Hearts was so happy to be able to send Easter ham dinners with all the trimmings right down to the jellybeans to two homeless shelters for their guests to enjoy on Easter Sunday.

Hearts Thrift Shop News

Hearts Thrift Shop has limitless kindnesses that the staff imparts on a daily basis, even our customers carry out acts of charity for other customers, many of which go unreported. Here are some we know about.

 a young man who shops regularly in the store had cashed out, but found one more item to purchase. He decided to pay for the customer ahead of him along with his second purchase. He blessed Naomi who has been a regular customer at Hearts. We believe that this was God helping Naomi because she lost 3 family members recently in a short time span. After Will paid for her items, Naomi’s eyes began to well up in tears that someone would surprise her in such a way.

 We served different individuals from within our community who needed clothing. Two of them also had needs for household items because they had lost everything in a fire.

 One of our regular customers who comes in 2 or 3 times a week came in frantic one day and asked if anyone had seen her little dog and if they do to call her. It was a very cold day and Max, the dog, is only 6 lbs. and he gets cold easily. Later that day, the customer called our store saying she found him in the park and said thank you that we cared enough to pray for her dog and his return.

Our Racks are Filled with Spring and Summer Clothing.

Remember, when you shop you are supporting our outreach to the homeless, poor and local community.

Lives Touched Last Month

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter”

~Isaiah 58:7

March 2021

Total Clients Served: 1,834
Homeless: 1,542
Male: 1,708
Female: 104
Seniors: 12
Children: 10
Meal Bags for Buffalo Dream Center Outreach: 400

Talk from the Street and Heart

Although they are too numerous to mention in this small space, below are a few of the many local businesses that showed their acts of kindness by giving us food in order to prepare meals for our homeless and poor friends that come to our distribution nightly.

Wegmans
United Healthcare
Braymiller Market
Mercantile Adjustment Bureau

Over the years, we have been so grateful for all the individuals, organizations, churches, and local businesses that have partnered with us through their giving, volunteering, and sharing about our mission. You make all that we do possible!  Thank you.

FexEx
FeedMore of WNY
Girl Scouts
Happiness House Canandaigua
Ingram Mico
WNY Metro Roberts
Zion Dominion Global Outreach Church
Amherst Hockey

Hearts Harvest Food Pantry

Our pantry staff and volunteers welcome those in the community who need the help from a food pantry to feed their families, Monday 12 to 4; and Fridays 10 to 2 at Hearts at 890 Tonawanda St., Riverside. 

In March, Hearts Harvest Food Pantry Served 17,937 Meals
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Hearts utilizes volunteers to help us hand out groceries to families in the community.

Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunities 

Monday, 9:30am – 4:30pm 

1 or 2 people – can split the shift, to assist in grocery distribution 

Friday, 9am – 2pm 

1 or 2 people – can split the shift, to assist in grocery distribution 

If you are interested in volunteering, please go to our website at heartsforthehomeless.org to fill out an application or email office@heartsforthehomeless.org with interest. 

In March, Hearts Mobile Food Pantry Served 173 Individuals 
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Hearts Mobile Food Pantry is held every 1st Friday of the month from 1:30pm to 3:30pm behind DePaul Apartments at 238 Ontario St., Riverside. Families in our community can come as often as we have them as a supplement to our onsite food pantry. 

Mobile Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunities 

1st Friday of the month, 12:00pm – 3:30pm 

1st Friday of the month, 10:00am – 2pm 

If you are interested in volunteering, please go to our website at heartsforthehomeless.org to fill out an application or email office@heartsforthehomeless.org with interest. 

Clothing Donations

Hearts for the Homeless donation bin

We are so grateful for all of your donations. We also have a bin onsite at our outreach center at 890 Tonawanda Street; you can find the bins located in your area by going to our website at www.heartsforthehomeless.org, click on Bin Finder, put in your zip code and those in your area will appear. 

Hearts follows strict COVID regulations; please note that some of the photos in this newsletter were taken pre-COVID.

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Hearts for the Homeless April 2021