With the holidays upon us and COVID still lurking, Hearts for the Homeless is determined to carry out our outreach programs and special holiday events.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have maintained our outreach programs consistently. The Mobile Soup Kitchen and the Hearts Food Pantry have been operating without interruption as we made adjustments to provide the same programs according to COVID-19 guidelines and State rules. During the COVID pandemic, we have partnered with assisted other agencies, Little Portion Friary, and Restoration Society Inc. – Harbor House. Hearts provides our partner agencies with evening meals and sandwiches seven days a week and will continue doing so as long as needed.
When Code Blue goes into effect on November 15th, 2020, Hearts will also be providing additional meals for chronic homeless who are seeking to get out of the cold or sleeping outside when the temperature goes below 32 degrees.
The day after Thanksgiving, Zion Dominion Global Outreach Church will, once again this year, be serving up a full course Thanksgiving Dinner. In year’s past, they have set up a buffet on the streets with a full table setting; but this year’s dinner will be a take-away meal due to the COVID restrictions of social distancing and the inability to put up tables for everyone to enjoy a sit-down meal together. We are grateful that our friends on the street will still be able to enjoy a holiday meal that they look forward to every year.
Hearts Outreach Giveaways
Hearts Harvest Food Pantry is thankful to be able to participate and administer these giveaways to the community where Hearts’ outreach center is located.
- On November 16th, Hearts will be receiving and distributing to our neighbors, 50 turkeys with trimmings from a 150 Turkey Giveaway sponsored by Rich Products Corporation and brought in from a local grocer, Gordon’s Food Market, as a sign of appreciation and support of agencies committed to food security work in the 14207 zip code. The giveaway will be packaged into a full holiday dinner including potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, and more.
- On November 17th, Hearts Harvest Food Pantry will also be handing out tickets for “Bills Thanksgiving Blitz” distribution of complete Thanksgiving meals provided by the Buffalo Bills at the site of the Food Bank of WNY.
- On November 21st, Amherst Knights Bantam Minor League AA Hockey Team is sponsoring a canned food drive and also collecting turkeys and whole chickens to give away to families in our community for their Thanksgiving or Christmas meals via our Hearts Harvest Food Pantry.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Every year Hearts partners with the Buffalo Dream Center to provide a Christmas Eve dinner with entertainment, and to also offer transportation to this event. COVID has put a damper on what we are able to do in order to enforce social distancing, so we are reworking how we will provide the same Christmas event – one way or another we will create the same atmosphere and go forward with this holiday fun that the homeless and poor look forward to each year.
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