meet the linden angels
Our neighbors have nicknamed us "The Linden Angels" because we are able to help so many in our community receive dignity through hygiene and personal care products. We would love to add you as another angel. We have volunteer positions serving our clients at our hygiene help center located at 1402 Oakland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We also have positions available for entering information into our database and for picking up products and delivering them to our warehouse and help centers. Just complete the simple volunteer application.
We have been serving many neighbors in need and actually served 100 clients in one day! We need your help to serve with us. You will also have lots of fun and be well fed!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
SPECIAL HELP FOR A SPECIAL LADY IN NEED
Charmaine Campbell is a Linden community member who is starting a new life and is working hard to provide a good home for her children.
She moved into a nice home with the help of the City of Columbus. She has received some help in setting up her home including beds for her children through the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church's "Bed Brigade."
One of our monthly donors asked if there was a special need as they were looking to help someone during the Christmas season. We asked Charmaine if there was something that she could use. She excitedly shared that she did not have a washer or dryer, so she had to go to the laundry mat with her 4 children.
Our donor was very excited to be able to help Charmaine. Tammy and Terry went to Lowe's and found a great deal on a very nice washer and dryer. We paid for them and for their delivery and installation. On the day that they were delivered, we greeted Charmaine with a Clean Start Basket filled with hygiene and cleaning products and a big bag of new towels.
Charmaine was overjoyed!!! She was praising God and giving thanks for this wonderful gift. And Tammy was filled with joy as she has memories of her life in dirty clothes as they lived without a washer and dryer.
GIVING DIGNITY AND HOPE THROUGH HYGIENE WITH THE COMPASSION OF JESUS!
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
new COMMUNITY CENTER
Dodge Recreation Center will be a Hygiene Help Center to be set up in February. We welcomed them to GHHC with 20 hygiene closet bags as an extra way for them to kick off opening the help center. Welcome to Center Manager: Nikki Van Dine. Hilltop neighbors in need can visit Dodge Community Center located at 667 Sullivant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215 during hours they are open Monday through Saturday to pick up a bag of hygiene every 30 days.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
We are excited to be implementing our new Hygiene Closets program. We are partnering with 5 local area organizations who serve our neighbors in need and giving them pre-filled hygiene bags to give out to their clients. January bags are filled with personal care items for men or for women. The February bags will be filled with hygiene and cleaning supplies.The Hygiene Closets program came about as we prayed how we could help more people have dignity and hope through hygiene despite the pandemic. During the challenging days when the community centers were closed and it was so difficult for our neighbors in need to get the hygiene and personal care products that they needed, we prayed for God's guidance in finding ways to get these products to the people who needed them.
We kept our Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park open with our drive through only model. We do have some walk-up clients, but they are always very understanding of our safe and protective procedures for serving them.
We have been serving many clients and the number is growing every month! We are serving over 400 clients each month just at our Oakland Park Help Center.
You shall open your hand wide to your brother; to your poor and your needy, in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11
tammy changed a life
In 2018 an acquaintance brought his friend named Johnny to Tammy's door. He wore dirty clothes, terrible teeth and was on crack. Tammy invited them in anyways. Johnny said, "My life is over." But Tammy encouraged him to go to Faith Mission. She gave him hygiene, a rosary, a copy of Our Daily Bread and also shared her story. "This is how I changed my life and you can do it too!"
January 2022 this same man drives up in a new white Cadillac. Johnny is now a productive citizen with a job, attends church, has new teeth, volunteers, and is no longer "high." Tammy cried hearing how his life had turned around. He didn't need to come back to see Tammy to share but he wanted to tell her how her testimony changed his life. God took over from there.
One person can make a difference in someone else's life.
Virginia had been estranged from her family for 7 years because she was strung out on drugs. She had never lived alone since she had "special needs." Two years ago Tammy had met Virginia when she was getting food out of the Blessing Box. She shared how her "boyfriend" had been abusing her, got her addicted to drugs and spending all of her social security check for two years. Tammy referred her to Choices and Virginia turned her life around. Her caseworker helped her obtain a good job and get her moved into her own apartment. At last she was comfortable living alone on her own God's Hygiene was so glad to help Virginia with hygiene and some other items. God gave her a new toaster to enjoy in her new apartment. Congratulations Virginia!
When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever. The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. from Jesus Today page 6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.—1 Peter 5:6-7
5th grader donates
Thank you to this amazing young lady who shared about God's Hygiene Help Center with her 5th grade class. She collected 10 Purses of Love stuffed full of hygiene and donated them to Tammy on Sunday. One can never be too young (or old for that matter) to share our mission to provide hope and dignity to those in need with the compassion of Jesus. Thank you!
welcome new volunteers
This month we were so glad to welcome Kathy Bullock and she shared this message.
I really enjoyed working along side so many Christian ladies a couple days ago! Such a worthwhile organization! Tammy has an unbelievable story that pulls at my heart strings. God has gotten hold of her in a mighty way, for sure.
I first found out about this outreach through Terry. She and I belong to something called CCL that meets once a month. Terry has talked about GHHC and its mission and our CCL group has done year-end contributions several times. I have been an after school caretaker to my 2 grandkids until they moved to Worthington, so now I have more time to volunteer at this very important place. As for my background, I was a nurse for 45 years, 29 of those in the ER at OSU. I met my husband at OSU in 1970. We had 3 sons together, all live locally. A step son lives near Philadelphia. My home church is Grace Polaris, but I monitor a WOW Bible Study at UALC. I love to cook, garden, walk, attend OSU football games and spoil my grandkids.
Scott Milliken moved into the home of his aunt, Diane Hendrickson, this month. He has previously received hygiene and knew Tammy. So Diane brought Scott along with her when she volunteered at God's Hygiene Help Center. He even helped prepare the chicken and noodles to be served to the volunteers for lunch.
Lesley made Scott feel welcome by putting him right to work helping to unload detergent and bleach from her vehicle into our temporary warehouse. All the volunteers appreciated his being there and helping out wherever needed--greeting the clients and getting their ID's or helping to move products.
Tammy said, "We have been praying for a man to come volunteer. We are so thankful for Scott. He is such a big help. When Diane is away to Florida, I will gladly pick him up to work at the Help Center."
Scott says, "It's good to give back to the loved ones who God has placed in my life. God bless all of you women volunteers. I can feel for you now that I see all that you do when volunteering. Love, Scott"
happy birthday Tammy!
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8