Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Annex
First Community South
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

February 2020

February 29, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

February 25, Tuesday: 32
February 27, Thursday: 31

Prayer Requests

Mary Garvin
Tom Unger

News

New Looks

There’s a new look on the Mid-Ohio Foodbank website. They have recently updated their image to reflect their expanded focus and this article in the Columbus Dispatch explains the change.

Likewise, you may have noticed our slight branding update at Heart to Heart. Our logo now includes the words “a first community mission” in order to maintain our connection to the church.  Members of First Community started the roots of our ministry in 1986.

Student Volunteers

Sara Hager’s class from Grandview Heights visits Heart to Heart to help us weigh donations, organize and stock shelves.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

February 22, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

February 13, Thursday: 34
February 18, Tuesday: 49
February 20, Thursday: 53

Prayer Requests

Mary Garvin
Merydeth Tipton

Friends and family of
Daryl “Nick” Hodge

News

You are TEE-rrific!

Thank you to the 38 volunteers who joined us for dinner on Wednesday evening. We were glad to serve you and share in some fellowship. Lamar shared the pantry’s annual report and some cooking class footage with the group which we will be sharing with you all soon. Here are some photos from Wednesday!

Heart to Heart Sunday

Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House last weekend after Sunday worship services.  We had sixteen guests visit the pantry. We are also grateful to the volunteers who helped last Sunday, including those who provided cookies for the worship hospitality tables.

News from “the shop downstairs”

As you know, we share the First Community Annex building with several other ministries of the church. Most notably, the Tri-Village Trading Post which occupies the bottom floor and is a constant source of support and community for us. Here is a message from their director, Rebecca Wolfe:

Each year Trading Post volunteers choose area organizations to gift with money for their programs.  This year Choices and Huckleberry House were selected to each receive $5,000 from Trading Post.  Choices is Franklin County’s only domestic violence shelter helping protect those who are in need of escape from their domestic situations.  Huckleberry House helps youth ages 14-24 with issues facing them such as abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness.  Many of these youth are those who have aged out of the foster care system with no place to go.

In addition, Trading Post gave back over $6500 to First Community Mission Council for the sale of items gleaned from the Garage Sale. All this, and the church received $59,000 in support of general ministries and mission efforts.

Thanks to all who donate, volunteer and shop – we are making a difference at Trading Post.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

February 13, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

February 4, Tuesday: 50
February 6, Thursday: 33
February 11, Tuesday: 55

Prayer Requests

Beverly Minister
Kitty Rohrer
Jim Schilling
Merydeth Tipton

Weekly Blog Posts

Due to vacations in the department, this post will take the place of the Saturday posts from February 8 and 15.

News

Recap from Lamar’s Vacation

I met with some movers and shakers in Guyana who are into the arts, eco-tourism, journalism, radio, and technology amongst other various fields. We sat down and had an intimate dinner and talked about life. Where we are from, our families, what’s important to us, etc. I must say outside of my time in Mississippi, I have never sat down and talked with such open people. They opened up shared things that I thought were very personal. Experiencing domestic violence, losing a loved one and more. It was so refreshing to be around such like-minded people, who were truly themselves, although they hold degrees and many titles. There was something truly human about them and how deeply they felt about life.

Friends at Dinner

From left to right: Racquel, Sonia, Stan, Mia, Anthony

Emanuel at the Beach

This is my new friend Emanuel (the human) and his not-so-friendly friend Sun Kar (Black Caiman). Emanuel is from 1 of 9 of the indigenous tribes that were first to be in Guyana. Awesome and interesting guy.

Turtle Mountain view

…and this ladies and gentlemen is Turtle Mountain! 984 ft and a sight of beauty to behold. Trees so green when the color forest green was created, I’m sure this is the picture they had in mind. Absolutely stunning. Lastly, if you look hard enough you can see the Essequibo river running east and west between the tree lines.

Hunger Hoedown

Thank you to everyone that supported us at the Hoedown last Friday. We appreciate your contribution whether you donated, volunteered or participated! We will give you fundraising results next week, but in the meantime, please enjoy these photos from the event.

Young Donor

We would also like to extend our thanks to Ethan Young, nephew of Steve and Sandra Young, our regular volunteers. Last week at the Hoedown, Ethan made a generous donation of $200 in memory of his grandfather, David. This money was earned from the sale of the matchbox cars that his grandfather had collected and left for Ethan when he passed away last year. This kind gesture shows that Ethan will continue the family’s legacy of giving.

Happy Birthday, Jill!

Our original director, Jill Thomas (pictured below) was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14.  After several years as Project Adelphos, over time the ministry grew and became known as Heart to Heart due, in part, to Jill. Also, the goal of the ministry was originally to connect individuals one-on-one. While we no longer use that model, we continue to promote the idea of community, connection and love.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Residents of Powell Senior Living spent an afternoon crafting beautiful homemade Valentine’s Day cards for the clients of Heart to Heart to deliver to their loved ones. Special cards made with lots of love!

MOFB February Order

Our February order from Mid-Ohio Foodbank totaled $993.33. Click here to view what we picked up on Monday.

January Stats

In January we served 441 Households over 8 service days. Read more about our January Statistics in the blog post.

Kroger Community Rewards

Time Period November 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020
Households participating: 274
Total donation for Heart to Heart: $ 1,177.54

Help provide for a family in need while shopping for yours. Follow this link to learn more about enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards program benefitting Heart to Heart.

Recent Donations

Pepperidge Farm at 1174 Kenny Centre Mall has donated for the first time and we are looking forward to working with them in the future. Their donation totalled 220 pounds. Thank you to Marcy Miller for setting up this partnership.

We also received a donation from the Big Lots at 1451 W. Fifth Avenue. It included 106 pounds of dairy products and 204 pounds of dry goods.

Tri-Village Rotary club met bright and early Monday morning at Heart to Heart. They had been holding a competition to see who could solicit and contribute the most donations for us. In total, they brought us 2,901 pounds of food!

Upcoming Events

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

January 2020 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 73

Food Donated to Other Agencies: 387 pounds

 

Service Statistics

Households 441

Seniors Served (age 60+) 230

Adults Served (18 – 59) 828

Children Served (birth – 17) 554

Individuals Served  1612

Meals Provided 14508

 

Food Received

First Community: 1362 pounds

GFS: 340 pounds

GiantEagle: 2401 pounds

Huffman’s Market: 273 pounds

Marc’s: 286 pounds

Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 9540 pounds

Purchased: 5194 pounds

Donated:  4346 pounds

Starbucks: 586 pounds

Target: 3203 pounds

Volunteer of the Month: February 2020

By | Volunteer

Claudia Dusseau

“Thursdays have become my very favorite day of the week.  It is the day that I volunteer at Heart to Heart and I have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful and interesting clients and I get to work with the very best volunteers in the world.  It is just such a joyous place to be no matter what is going on in the world or your world.   You know that Heart to Heart will offer you kindness and calmness and a place to belong if only for a short time. I love to watch “it” happen to volunteers and clients alike when they come together to serve or be served. There is nothing like it!  Lamar wants all of us to gain something positive from our time together.  He encourages us to take the time to get to know clients and their families as we walk with them through the Heart to Heart grocery experience.  Like magic clients often open up and we all feel better being together with a common purpose…listening and sharing.”

Claudia Dusseau

February 1, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

January 28, Tuesday: 52
January 30, Thursday: 46

Prayer Requests

Beverly Minister
Kitty Rohrer

News

Inclement Weather Policy

Heart to Heart will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours unless there is a Level 3 Snow Emergency in Franklin County. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our voicemail, on our Facebook page and here on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified via email as soon as a decision to close has been made.

Volunteer Help Needed

We currently have some specific volunteer needs and hope you will consider filling any of these roles. Please click on the link to learn more about each opportunity:

Cleaning Session from Fresh Nest

Are you or a family member currently battling cancer? Would help cleaning your home benefit your family? If so, please enter to win a drawing for a free house cleaning session! We will draw a name and notify the winner on Monday.

To enter, please send a direct private message to us via Facebook messenger including your name, address, number of beds/baths and occupants in your home.

We would love to bring some cheer to a family dealing with this hardship, with help from our friends at Fresh Nest!

Volunteer of the Month

“Thursdays have become my very favorite day of the week.  It is the day that I volunteer at Heart to Heart and I have the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful and interesting clients and I get to work with the very best volunteers in the world.  It is just such a joyous place to be no matter what is going on in the world or your world.   You know that Heart to Heart will offer you kindness and calmness and a place to belong if only for a short time. I love to watch “it” happen to volunteers and clients alike when they come together to serve or be served. There is nothing like it!  Lamar wants all of us to gain something positive from our time together.  He encourages us to take the time to get to know clients and their families as we walk with them through the Heart to Heart grocery experience.  Like magic clients often open up and we all feel better being together with a common purpose…listening and sharing.”

Claudia Dusseau

Share the Love

Thank you to Byers Subaru Dublin for their $1500 donation to Heart to Heart. This check was given as part of their Share the Love program. We are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to the community!

Pictured above are Bob Miller, Amy Caskie (H2H staff) and Keith Cordova (Byers staff). Bob is a volunteer at Heart to Heart and emplotee at Byers.

Read more about their program online.

 

Upcoming Events

Hunger Hoedown 2020 screen graphic

Friday, February 7, 6 – 8:30 pm
Grace Hall, First Community North

This family-friendly event held at the North Campus of First Community Church includes square dancing, pizza, a raffle and fun for the whole family! Proceeds raised at the event benefit Heart to Heart, an important mission of the church. Professional calling by Eddie Powell; no previous square dancing experience required.  Can’t wait to see ya’ll there!

Register

Volunteers are needed both prior to and during the event. From selling tickets and entries during worship on Sundays, to donating food items, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute. View the opportunities and sign up online by clicking the button above.

Volunteer
Hoedown Webpage

Traditional Raffle

Between 30 and 40 smaller prizes and packages ranging in value from $20-$250 will be raffled off at the Hoedown. Entrants are required to be in attendance to win these items and tickets can not be purchased ahead-of-time for the traditional raffle items.

Each admission includes one raffle ticket which will be given when you check in at the registration table. Additional tickets will be available during the event for the cost of $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

Grand Prize Raffle

  • Short North Romantic Date Night Package valued at $1250
  • Bluejackets Experience Package valued at $850

Two grand prize packages are offered for raffle and winners will be chosen the night of the Hoedown. Unlike the traditional raffle items, winners are not required to be in attendance to receive the grand prize raffle packages. Raffle entries can be purchased ahead-of-time online or at tables after Sunday worship, and will be available for a limited time on the night of the Hoedown.

Cost for entries in the Grand Prize raffle:

  • 1 Raffle Entry $25
  • 3 Raffle Entries $50
  • 7 Raffle Entries $100
Raffle Information and Purchase Form
* These times were incorrect in firstnews Sunday bulletin insert.
Volunteer Sign Up

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God