In October, the Pop Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:
- Oct 5: Commons at Livingston – 35
- Oct 12: Hope Resource Center – 34
- Oct 17: South Park Apartment w/Franklinton Farms – 21
- Oct 19: Southpoint – 37
- Oct 26: Commons at Grant – 20
- Oct 27: Riverview International Center – 30
Total served for the month of Oct: 177
Pop Up 2022 Monthly Totals:
- January: 161
- February: 159
- March: 154
- April: 162
- May: 162
- June: 225
- July: 187
- August: 210
- September: 174
- October: 177
YTD: 1,771 Individuals/families served
We are excited to report our Southpoint Christmas is off to a great start. We received ‘Wish List’ requests from 27 families with 82 children. Each child will receive two gifts totaling 164 gifts. We are thankful to have Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School, FCC congregation and our friends all help in making the wishes of Southpoint children come true.
The 4th and 5th graders from Sarah Oberlin and Amy Millers’ classes at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School came to learn about Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry. They came with bags filled with donations – 469 lbs of goods! Yohan gave a tour of the pantry. He answered questions and explained how the pantry is such an important part of our community. Melody and Rose talked about why the Pop Up Pantry was formed and the upcoming Southpoint Christmas Gift Project with Wickliffe.
The Pop Up Team constantly experiences goodness all around us. We are so grateful and send a big shout out to Rob, the store manager at ALDI’s in Upper Arlington. Kathleen Hatcher generously has been purchasing plastic ALDI bags with handles to distribute groceries to our neighbors who walk to our sites at Hope, Southpark and Riverview. Once he heard how we use them, he paid for our last box of 250 bags. Kindness is everywhere!
Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry were represented and given a big shout out at the Riverview Fundraiser on October 18 at Mozart Cafe’. Carla Edlefson, Rose Kandel, Kitty Rohrer and Melody Smiley were there to represent our Team and show support to Riverview and the wonderful work they do to welcome and support the refugees coming to Columbus.
We welcomed our newest volunteers to our team: Carol Bramschreiber, John Oberlin and Beth Simeon. John is our newest sub driver willing to pick up the task to get our bags to the sites. Beth and Carol come with caring hearts and lots of energy! Welcome!
Melody and I are continually blessed to have the support of First Community/Heart to Heart staff and all the dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time and energy.
Serving in Faith,
Rose Kandel and Melody Smiley