On Our Hearts
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” ~1 Corinthians 2:9
Isn’t it a blessing to know that God never stops thinking about us? He has a plan for each one of us, designed according to the gifts He has given to each of us, for His specific purpose for our lives.
Sometimes, we have to wait for them to be revealed. And, when they are revealed to us, we can look back and see how God, overtime, laid out each element of His perfect plan. As you look back, you might even find yourself saying, “that was you, God!”
At Hearts, we’ve been on a fast track as we open new programs and expand the current ones. We’ve seen God unfolding His best laid plans. And, we know, there’s even more in store for Hearts as we set out to help as many people in need as possible.
You can help Hearts meet our goal by supporting our programs (a list of our current programs can be found in last month’s newsletter).
This time of year, one way to support us is by cleaning out your closets and doing a little spring cleaning. You can find a blog that we posted in March, 2021, on our website at https://heartsforthehomeless.org/?s=spring+cleaning with tips to help you as you begin your spring cleaning. We also posted another blog last month that defines what happens to your donations when you donate to Hearts https://heartsforthehomeless.org/the-cycle-of-your-clothing-donations/.
We encourage you to check out our blogs. In the meantime, here is a short list of items we accept new or gently used, all year long:
• Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s Clothing, Shoes and Boots
• Home Decor
• Kitchen Utensils
• Dishes/Pots and Pans
• Household Linens
• Hard toys
• Stuffed Animals
• Seasonal Decorations
Clothing drives are another way to support us. Here’s a donation that had us smiling from ear to ear.
Thank you students at St. John's Lutheran School!
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.
Come Shop at 890 Tonawanda St.
MON - SAT 10am - 5pm
FROM HEARTS KITCHEN
“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter”
Total Clients Served at Library – 501
Homeless – 375
Male – 395
Female – 93
Seniors – 10
Children – 3
Hot Meals Made for Homeless Shelters – 2,800
Meal Bags Made for Buffalo Dream Center Outreach – 400
TALK FROM THE STREET & HEART
Hearts all-volunteer Mobile Crew teams encourage those who stand in line for a meal through their kindness and prayers.
CURRENT NEEDS FOR HOMELESS MEALS
Bring donations to Hearts at 890 Tonawanda St., Riverside Ave.
Side of building – Ring bell at kitchen door.
We cannot accept expired food or opened containers!
DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS OUTSIDE
HEARTS HARVEST FOOD PANTRY
As the food pantry continues to serve our local community, we have come up with some creative ways to make eating healthy, fun. We recently made and handed out samples of muffins and soup, along with ingredients and recipes to the patrons of the food pantry. This was a hit and we will be sure to continue.
Hearts Harvest Food Pantry serves the 14207 area. Our pantry staff and volunteers welcome those in the community who need the help from a food pantry to feed their families, Monday 12pm to 4pm and Fridays 10am to 2pm at Hearts at 870 Tonawanda St. Riverside.
HEARTS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
Hearts Mobile Food Pantry is held every 4th Wednesday of the month at Hearts Outreach Center at 890 Tonawanda St., Riverside, from 1pm to 3pm (sign-in at 12:30pm). Families in our community can come as often as we have them as a supplement to our onsite food pantry.