Tammy shops for most of her stock right in her Linden community. We felt so blessed when the manager of Family Dollar on Oakland Park called her that he wanted to donate new winter coats and boots for preschoolers to God's Hygiene Help Center. Wow! Tammy prayed about where to take the donation. God led her to the daycare center down the street from her home at Howey and Weber Roads. Look at the happy faces of these children with the surprise gifts.
Tammy also shops regularly at her neighborhood Cook's IGA store on Oakland Park. The owner, Mr. Cook, orders bleach and other items by the case for God's Hygiene Help Center. Mr. Cook told Tammy, "I am so proud of you sharing God with our community. I want to tell you to stop giving away so much. Customers don't shop in my store as much. But I want you to keep on giving and keep telling them about God!"
--A girlfriend picked up Tammy on her birthday to take her to First Watch for breakfast and to Kohl's to shop. When the server saw Tammy, she said, "You're that hygiene lady! I want to pay for your breakfast!" They received excellent service from their server and enjoyed eating wonderful breakfasts. After they left First Watch, Tammy asked her friend, "Did you leave her a good tip?" "No, you usually leave the tip." Tammy felt bad for the young server.
Two weeks later Tammy and Diane are driving past the same First Watch. The Holy Spirit nudged Tammy to stop and give the server a tip. The young woman had just had a baby and so appreciated the money. Also that same morning God's Hygiene had received information about the the 3rd Annual Great Giveaway on Saturday, April 4 organized by The Table Gathering at the Columbus Dream Center. So Tammy had Diane get her name, email and phone number so she could be invited to the free shopping event and lunch. Tammy was so grateful that she was faithful; she listened and obeyed God when He directed her to stop that day.
Word about God's Hygiene is spreading around to all organizations. Since we are still a very small nonprofit with no government or corporate support, we usually have to turn away large agencies. GHHC received this email:
Hello! I am inquiring about how to refer a family to you. I see a mother and her young children here in our outpatient clinic, they’ve been homeless for months but are about to move into a home and are in need of some cleaning and household supplies as well as hygiene items. Can you provide me some information on how to get them connected with your organization? Sincerely, Kelsey Bakaletz, MSW, LSW
Clinical Social Worker
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, LA, Suite 3D
We checked with Terry, our new Executive Director, and she replied that the request did fit our mission. So Kelsey and we have been emailing back and form. The concern is that we do not have the volunteers to deliver hygiene to clients. But Tammy will be happy to start building a Clean Start Basket for the mom and include stuffed animals for her children.
Kelsey replied, "So mom typically uses the bus system and I would ultimately cab her there if she needed. That is so wonderful of you to think of stuffed animals for the kids. Mom will really appreciate that special touch of kindness. I will let her know that we’ve discussed her referral."
It is all God who really made the referral.
God's Hygiene makes regular deliveries to Linden McKinley STEM Academy. This week we printed a sign for Tiffany, the school nurse, to post so students know they can get needed hygiene items like deodorant, soap and feminine products.