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--Kids R Us. . Look at the happy faces of these children with the surprise gifts.
Last week an UALC Sunday school teacher donated 3 children's thermometers and alcohol wipes. Tammy delivered them to the same daycare center. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Tammy took time to visit with the owner or the Center. She said there were 20 pairs of boots in sizes from newborn to age 4. It was like a gift from heaven. Tammy replied, "That is what I have been telling everyone! It is all from God!" Tammy also noticed there are pregnant women with no place to go just hanging out at the Center. So she will get their name, number and email to share about the Great Giveaway (of baby items for young mothers) planned by The Table Gathering.
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.
Windsor Elementary STEM Academy plans to have a hygiene project involving their 5th graders. GHHC will be glad to be able to provide sample sizes of shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
On Friday, February 14 we held Glamour-Time which was a successful event thanks to Thrivent Financial giving us an Action Team project gift card of $250. Wonderful GHHC volunteers Lesley Tate, Maura McCormick, Melissa Gray and Priscilla McCullough arrived early to the Douglas Community Center to help set up. Mary Kay consultants led by Director Cynthia Ruccia gave complimentary facials. God's Hygiene Help Center provided resource sheets to get community assistance in Central Ohio. Nearly 50 women were treated to a complimentary lunch of Chicken Salad Chick croissants, fresh veggies and fruit, and Cheryl's Cookies. They received community resources, facials, "new" purse, skin care products, and 2 beautiful fresh red roses. Everyone left feeling very blessed for a blessed Happy Valentine's Day treat.
Did you know if you are a member of Thrivent, you may donate your CHOICE dollars to a charity of your choice such as God's Hygiene. Also you may apply for 2 Thrivent Action Team projects a year to help support our ministry. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the wonderful UALC member who donated more beautiful and super soft hats and scarves. Our police liaison Officer Alesia delivered them to the grateful women at the YMCA Shelter. Thank you for being such a blessing to others.
Anyone making an in-kind donation, could you please attach a note with a list of the items and value and your name so that we may email you a tax receipt. Thanks!
Lord, I adore you. I worship you today. Praise be to the Lord…
I confess my sins to you... Hear my cry for mercy and forgive my sins.
I will give thanks to you for you are good. Thank you, Lord, for…
Hear my supplication. Today I call on you for help…
Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel, Day 61
watch & pray BY BOB APEL
Thank you for creating this pencil on mylar artwork for the 7 Day Bible Art Challenge on display at UALC at Mill Run. Sales of prints will benefit God's Hygiene Help Center. Contact Terry Starr at godshygieneED@gmail.com to order your desired size of print.
“Remember that for you Jesus came, for you Jesus died, for you Jesus rose and Jesus is in heaven praying for you.” Pastor Brodie Taphorn