Terry Starr saw this message: "Hi UA Friends, I recently became aware of a young Columbus mother who has faced some mighty struggles, and could really use our help. Her name is Biancamya Griffin, and I’ll try to give you a quick synopsis of her story. Bianca moved here from Flint, MI six years ago. She has three young children. On February 16, 2019, Bianca’s (now ex-boyfriend) was watching her youngest, KenKen, who is 4. It is hard to even write this, but the man held this sweet little boy (who has learning delays) down in a bathtub of scalding water. He was critically injured. KenKen has had 6-7 surgeries already and is facing at least two more. The monster who did this is in custody awaiting trial.
I first became aware of her story as it was told by a wonderful Columbus police officer, who spends his time in some of our city’s worst neighborhoods connecting with kids, while sometimes putting out the call for help. So, Bianca has just moved from the south end to the Milo Grogan neighborhood. Ken was afraid to ever go into the bathroom (at the old house)for obvious reasons, and the area was riddled with crime and drugs. Bianca works hard as a contract employee for Southwest Airlines (they bought Ken’s wheelchair!), but she could really use some help furnishing the new place. I was there this morning, and it is truly a humble home, yet Bianca is thrilled. I have taken care of new kitchen items, but there is more she can use. The living room needs furniture, and she needs a dining table. There is room in the kitchen for a tiny dinette set too. She has beds, but could use dressers or even Rubbermaid type drawer units. While the apt is far from being remodeled, she is living there. Her landlord will adjust her rent if any sweat equity helps complete a project-there is a lot of painting to be done.
If you have it in your heart to help this young family, please let me know. I’m going to post screenshots of her FB page dedicated to her son, and that of Officer Johnson-since this is a closed group. Thank you very much for reading and offering any assistance!”
They have had a lot of responses with help for furniture and other household items. She needs help with hygiene products. Can we please help?
Of course Tammy said YES and started packing. When the young mother said she didn't even have a fork, God's Hygiene gave her dishes, cereal bowls, silverware and a new skillet. When Biancamya came to pick up the basket plus items, she just cried and was so appreciative.
“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 TLB).
OSU Medical Center called Tammy and asked her to please move her white mini van. Tammy replied, "What do you mean? I don't have a white mini van. Why did you call me?" She replied, "Your phone number was on the side of the vehicle and since it was God's, we let it park in the handicapped zone." "That is not my vehicle. Would you please give me the license plate number so I can check into it." Tammy gave that information to a police officer who went to the woman's home to retrieve the GHHC car magnet. It turned out to be one of God's Hygiene's clients who claimed Tammy gave it to her. The woman confessed she had used the car magnet 5 times. She said she would return it to Tammy. The officer said no, you give it to me and I will return it to Tammy. The woman was upset because God's Hygiene did not give her any pots and pans with her Clean Start Basket. The officer told her "Tammy is my friend. You do not bad mouth any of my friends. Tammy only said good things about you." We love and so appreciate our Columbus Police officers!
Then on Friday Ann went to pick up 10 cases of water which Save A Lot was donating for our Because School Matters event. She had a framed certificate of appreciation with her to present to the manager. Someone claiming to be with God's Hygiene had already picked them up on Tuesday! We find it hard to believe that someone is using our name to take advantage of our businesses in our community. Save A Lot felt bad that we had missed getting our water so then donated 20 cases of water to us. Thank you!
Love is not jealous or envious.(these words have the same meaning) The keyword obviously is JEALOUS.. feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages. Some other words would be covetousness, resentful, bitter, spiteful, grudging.
We have to make sure that as children of God and followers of Jesus Christ that we are speaking life and encouraging one another.
Proverbs 27:19(ESV) says iron sharpens iron and man sharpens one another.
Family and friends we "MUST" strive to lift each other up. Romans 12:15 says; to rejoice with those who are rejoicing (that means be happy for those who are happy).
We can't be happy for someone if we have jealousy or envy of any type in our heart's❤️we may or may not know we even have it. This is something we need to ask God to reveal and help us with so that our words are speaking life to others and not destroying their spirit, by bringing them down.
Ephesians 4: 29 (EXP) says; don't say anything that will hurt others but only say what is helpful to make other's strong and meet their needs, then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.
So therefore, are practical application for daily living is to speak Life encourage one another in love to be the best "US"for GOD, our families and communities.
I hope this lesson blessed you as it has me. I'm striving to be more mindful to speak LIFE. Trina Oates, Outreach Evangelist
With the help of over 50 great volunteers from UALC, Embark and the Linden community, our Because School Matters event was a great success. This year 6 Safe Streets police officers on bicycles came and played basketball with the kids. Then a Columbus police officer arrived on a horse!
Yesterday was a blessed day as God's Hygiene served the community in the Linden area. It was our Because School Matters event. The greatest part for "me" being the Evangelist that I am was when two ladies came up for prayer. O One lady received Salvation and the other rededicated her life back to The Lord. All Praise to our God... that's what it's all about. The scripture say what profit a man to gain the world but lose his soul. We can go through this life wanting and needing the things of this world but what will it do for us after we leave here?
Not saying that having your needs met are not important but having your soul saved is of the utmost importance. Trina Oates
God's Hygiene Help Center is so excited and appreciative that we will be involved with our first fundraiser!
The Thrivent Community- Central Ohio is hosting a Night of Giving and Silent Auction. Join us for an elegant dinner while participating in a live mystery theatrical event called Killigan's Island. The proceeds from this event and auction will benefit four local non-profit organizations doing incredible things in our community: the Adaptive Sports Connection, Nellie's Champions for Kids (NC4K), God's Hygiene Help Center and Pedal with Pete. Each of these organizations is in great need of volunteers and funds to continue their mission in Central Ohio. The purpose of this evening is to allow our members to interact directly with these groups; learn firsthand who they serve and how; the impact each organization has on our community and of course to raise much needed funds.
We hope you will come - to be generous with your time, talents and treasures and leave having had a very unique and entertaining evening! Seating is limited and reservations are required so save your spot as soon as possible! The cost of this event is $20 per person, due at registration.
To register use the Register Now link below.
Please RSVP by September 5, 2019.
Dates, Times & Locations
Thursday, September 12, 2019
06:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m .Ohio State University Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210. Join Us! REGISTER NOW - click here to go directly to registration page on Eventbrite.
DONATIONS NEEDED: As well as monetary donations we are seeking donations of items or services to be offered in our Silent Auction. If you or your business are interested in making a direct donation of funds, goods or services please contact the event coordinator Tonya Rees, at 937-642-6825 or email@example.com, for more details. (All donations will receive a receipt.)
For more INFORMATION ON OUR EVENT PARTNERS, click links below!
Adaptive Sports Connection http://adaptivesportsconnection.org
NC4K (Nellie's Champions for Kids https://www.nc4k.org
God's Hygiene Help Center https://www.godshygiene.org
Pedal with Pete http://www.pedal-with-pete.org
Entertainment provided by Floriano Productions
Hosts: Dave Ritter, Jeff Ritter, Douglas Booth, Adam Ritter and Hans Corban
Thrivent Community-Central Ohio
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
This month God's Hygiene helped over 150 families. We have reached out to the low income people in our community. With your generous donations, we have be able to encourage dignity and hope while they are in a time of need. GHHC handed out 54 Purses of Love to women with different hardships including single mothers, senior citizens, high schoolers and others. We try to help families with their monthly needs for hygiene. But we also step in for emergency needs especially diapers. It is very difficult to keep diapers in tock since they are such requested items from adult sizes down to newborn.
Daily Hope with Pastor Rick Warren, July 27, 2019: "Frankly, anytime you want an excuse for not helping a need God puts before you, the Devil will be right there to give you one. He will gladly give you a thousand excuses on why you don’t have the time, energy, or money to help someone before you who needs help.
But when you encounter hurting people, it’s an opportunity to learn to serve and learn to love—that’s how God wants to use those moments in your life. When you encounter these opportunities today, how will you respond? Will you pass on by? Or will you seize the moment?
Jesus takes the time to help you in your time of need. When Jesus finished the parable of the Good Samaritan, he said, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37 NIV)."
God's Hygiene is pleased to be working with our wonderful Columbus Division of Police. Our Linden officers reach out to homeless camps, senior citizens, veterans, pregnant women and others in need they meet.
At this time of year we start preparing to to donate to students at nearby schools: Linden McKinley STEM Academy, Medina Middle School, Windsor Academy and Duxberry Park Alternative Elementary School. We donate feminine hygiene products, deodorant, soap, and even baby wipes to the schools. One thing that is guaranteed to be given is prayer!
I praise you. today Lord as the Lord who will provide who makes all grace abound in me and generously provides all I need. 2 Cor. 8:9
Douglas Community Center is just one of our 4 locations. Every month a bus load of senior citizens come for hygiene. They are so appreciative since most cannot afford these items and have no family. The women at the Eden Counseling Center also visit regularly and have offered to give back at our Because School Matters community event on August 10.
Over the years God's Hygiene has gathered lots of resources to share with our clients. Praise! This month three families were able to get shelter after being homeless with the help of some of these resources. We were able to pass on to them needed household items and Clean Start Baskets with a supply of hygiene and cleaning items. Giving hope and dignity really can make a difference in people's lives! One of our purposes is to uplift and give back to our community. Every individual also receives a copy of Our Daily Bread as well as hearing God's Word.
God's Hygiene is always glad to partner with other ministries at UALC. Cathy Shaw of The Clothes Closet contacted us about needing hygiene items at Joshua's House part of Joshua Recovery Ministries located in Dayton that will be opening shortly. This is a house that will be giving addicted pregnant women a place to stay off the streets and given a drug to help them get off of heroin and prenatal care from Kettering Hospital. Hopefully, the little ones will not be born addicted or not as severe. Clothes Closet is delivering needed clothing to the women and we are donating basic hygiene items to them.
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. Proverbs 14:21
One Sunday morning on the way to church, Tammy stopped at a coffee shop. There was a young woman there. "Help me." Tammy recognized that she knew Sarah 20 years ago. How she had changed. Sarah had lost her teeth, was addicted to heroin, and homeless. But praise God, she really wanted help to get off the streets and get off the heroin. After worship we talked with Gary Rutherford about taking Sarah to the Refuge. It is no coincidence that one of today's devotions fit this situation.
To Serve Others, Open Your Eyes By Rick Warren — July 28, 2019 “Look out for the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24 NCV). If you want to serve people through ministry, you need to slow down and observe the world. It helps you be sensitive to the needs of other people.
The Bible says, “Look out for the good of others” (1 Corinthians 10:24 NCV). Ask God to give you spiritual radar for people around you who are hurting emotionally, spiritually, or physically.
Maybe you were born with this gift. You automatically sense when people around you are in need. It’s not that you’re more spiritual than the rest of us. You’re just wired that way. (Yes, we know that God speaks to Tammy and she listens.)
Unfortunately, that doesn’t describe all of us. Some of us have something like spiritual ADD. It’s easy to get distracted. It’s easy to be task-focused. It’s easy to be insensitive to what’s happening around us.
But if you care, you’ll be aware. It’s not always easy to see the needs of other people, especially when you’re too busy and have an overloaded schedule. But it’s an important part of serving others in need. God wants you to help others. Ask him to show you where you’re focusing on the wrong things so you can remove them from your to-do list.
Thank you to the Spiritual Care committee at Dublin Friendship Village. Tammy and Terry shared about God's Hygiene with them on July 9. First they donated purses and then shared monetary donations to help our ministry. Thank you especially to Donna Biehn for reaching out to make the arrangements.
A retired teacher named Cathy heard Tammy share her story at the Gamma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International in February. She right away arranged for God's Hygiene to make a presentation at their Christmas in July event. We are so grateful that Linworth United Methodist Women's Ministry chose to support us as one of their missions. And thank you to the members for making us feel so welcome. They blessed our ministry with not only monetary donations but God's Hygiene SUV was completely filled! It took Tammy and volunteer Crystal Anderson a couple days to unload and organize the stock at the Howey Road and Douglas Center help centers.
God's Hygiene board members attend the groundbreaking for the new Linden Community Center.
Thank you to the donors and volunteers who will help make this event possible. Thank you to UALC for donating 288 drawstring bags to place our school supplies. Thank you to those who donated school supplies and funds to shop for extra supplies. Thank you to the packing team of volunteers led by Terry Starr on August 2 putting school supplies into bags for elementary, middle and high schoolers. Thank you to Tammy for asking local businesses to donate pizzas, water and more. Thank you to our fabulous City of Columbus police and firefighters for attending. Thank you to the organizations having tables at the event. Thank you that our attendees will hear and feel the message about the love of Jesus that day.
Your gift changes lives. Help us share God’s love with hundreds every day. Thank you to those who have become our regular monthly donors. Would you join us in prayer? The Help Center is in need of both storage space and an Executive Director with a vision for us to expand to more locations.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
IMPACT Community Action offered student interns for the summer for 20 hours a week. So God's Hygiene applied for one to assist Tammy and Dana at the Douglas Community Center. Impact will pay the participant $10 per hour for their part time position over the summer, and are currently seeking businesses like yours to host more youth. The program serves 16-21 year old youth who are currently involved with the foster care system. Our goal is to provide them with valuable experiences to help shape their futures through cultivating passions, and provide them with a source of income that can help them overcome any barriers they may face. Since God's Hygiene does not have any paid employees, we have not applied for a Bureau of Workers' Comp number. It is a requirement to have that to have a student intern. Tammy had looked forward to mentoring the young person and getting the Help Center organized.
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Let's go Krogering! Do you always check the clearance bins for some good deals? The Graceland store had packages of children's socks and pants marked down to only $4. GHHC bought over 2 dozen packages to give to students during Project Warm. So many young students do not have any socks. Accidents happen at school so the nurses request pants for the children. Thanks to the shoppers who have signed up for Kroger Community Rewards to donate to God's Hygiene Help Center. We received $38.20 this past quarter. Thanks Kroger and thanks to our shoppers! Click on the Kroger picture to enroll HT175.
Thank you to Susan Corwin and their sorority of retired teachers. The sorority is ADK, an educational honorary of teachers that promotes education excellence through the offering of scholarships and the involvement with community-based altruistic projects . Most of them are retired, but we all became members as teachers. Susan has been a member for 30 years!! They held their 2nd annual donation drive to benefit our ministry. Always on their mission!! There were so many items they filled up her trunk and backseat. Only God could have known how low the stock at Help Center was and we needed detergent and deodorant.
Thank you also to Columbus Education Association-Retired (CEA-R) group of teachers who have chosen God's Hygiene to receive their monthly collection of sample toiletries. We received 3 boxes of hygiene. The items are just the right size to place in Blessing Bags.
We have started planning our annual community picnic, fun day and school supplies giveaway. Tammy has visited community businesses to get their support to supply ice, bottled water, plates, firetrucks, police and pizza pizza pizza! Please click on Because School Matters for list of needed school items we will be collecting in July.
Thank you to UALC for providing about 300 drawstring bags for us to pack the extra school supplies. Thank you NBC4 for "Stuff the Backpacks" which will provide backpacks for every student in Franklin and Licking counties on the first day of school.
Thank you to Donna Biehn for organizing a donation drive for purses from the residents of Friendship Village. We can now pack and give out 60 Purses of Love to homeless and other women in need. Tammy will share with their Spiritual Care Committee on July 16 about why God told her to open up a help center and the need to give people dignity.
Tammy finally went to an ear, nose and throat doctor about her on and off again vertigo. The doctor turned her upside down and all over trying to recreate the vertigo. Yipes! Tammy tries to get rid of the vertigo. So that made her very sick all the next day. But when someone called to get help for a refugee family, Tammy couldn't do anything but help. They were a family of 9! So she prayed to God, show me what I am to share of Yours with them. There was a package of young boys' socks, diapers, and deodorants for every adult. Also the New Testament Bibles which Becky Armstrong just donated to God's Hygiene. Comment Tammy posted on her Facebook page: Serving the Lord. GHHC where love wins. Helping the refugees because they are sisters and brothers as well a family of 9.
The Help Center is mostly about providing hygiene and cleaning items. But when Tammy hears about a senior citizen not able to walk around her home, she finds a way to help. Harley received a new walker from Ohio Hospice so he donated the other one to God's Hygiene. She cried the week before because Tammy had no time to pick it up. Now she’s so happy to receive her walker and we are so happy to help. All of our help comes from God.
So yes, we will gladly accept your donations of any no longer needed medical equipment and happy to give you a tax receipt.
Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.
Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.”