Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Here at Hearts for the Homeless, our mission to love thy neighbor extends to all our neighbors, the disenfranchised, the ostracized, neglected, and marginalized. We love regardless of social situation or circumstance. Our volunteers and supporters are always working to help out their fellow neighbors in the community and showing love for others through the work they do.
April D. – “I think serving in love is one of the greatest testimonies and expressions of Christ’s selfless love that we can demonstrate to the world and is a way we can follow His example.”
Through Hearts Harvest Food Pantry, Hearts has been feeding all individuals and families affected by COVID-19 and providing three days worth of meals to each person. By expanding our reach beyond the local zip code, Hearts for the Homeless is loving our neighbors from every corner of Western New York, and the locations and hours vary by the different counties.
Adriene H. – “I feel showing my face shows the homeless and poor that people care and love them. By giving them a meal shows the spirit of Jesus in ‘breaking of the bread’ with them.”
Hearts Thrift Shop is open six days a week and offers shopping convenience for all people in the community. Donating to Hearts Thrift Shop supplies our main fundraising aspect with the means to make money, and shopping here provides us with the means to support our Mobile Soup Kitchen and Hearts Harvest Food Pantry.
John T. – “Jesus would say ‘Love thy neighbor’ by feeding the hungry and underprivileged and helping the lonely with compassion. This is what I feel I am doing while volunteering at Hearts.”
Thanks to Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen, Hearts is able to give hot, nutritious meals to those in need five days a week at the Downtown Library. Although providing food is our top priority, a hot meal is not the only way Hearts has been known to love thy neighbor. Our volunteers also provide those experiencing homelessness with clothing, companionship, and pertinent information regarding area services.
Help us reach our neighbors and show the love of God. Consider making a donation of one of our most-needed food items or by volunteering in our soup kitchen, pantry or thrift store. This is how we put the greatest commandment, Love, into action.