This month we have been focusing on Project Warm. We will continue to collect gently used coats for all ages, socks, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets. Thank you to the creative people who have donated with love hand crocheted beautiful scarves, hats and gloves. Your gift makes a child feel so special and warm!
We are in awe whenever Tammy shares with us. "God is talking to me. I sometimes think I am not enough, but GOD Himself told me. 'I have you where I want you. Stay on the path my child!!. Stay close with me and listen. I will lead you and I will send earth angels. I am the Great I AM!"
DOUGLAS, BARACK and other COMMUNITY HELP CENTERS
The Barack Community Center held their Thanksgiving event on November 21. Over 400 people attended and were fed a turkey dinner. Ann Glover, Barack Help Center coordinator, set out much needed donations of hats, scarves, and skin care products. In one minute they were all gone. These people must really be in need.
God's Hygiene helps support the Douglas Community Center Applications for Purpose, Pride and Success (APPS) program. What is APPS? The mission of the APPS program is to reduce crime and violence by increasing protective factors in the lives of Columbus youth and young adults (ages 14-23) through proven prevention and intervention strategies. The initiative’s prevention strategies include offering safe and constructive alternatives to violence while youth development professionals provide mentorship through enrichment activities at four community recreation centers. "The diligent mentors are able to assess individual and family needs while being an ongoing advocate to insure that a young person and their family are linked to services that meet immediate needs while providing long term support services for future goal attainment, which ultimately produces productive contributing members of society.
Thank you to volunteer Crystal Anderson who has reorganized the shelves of stock at both Douglas and Barack Centers to make it easier to inventory every week what stock has been given out and what is needed.
God's Hygiene also provides items for the W. H. Adams Community Center. Mario Dovell, Adams Manager, comes himself to the Douglas Center to get need hygiene items for teenagers and seniors in need.
EMERGENCY NEED FOR FAMILies and wellness checks
Did you know that our Columbus police officers drive around their community doing wellness checks on seniors? We work with a wonderful liaison officer in the Linden area and provide adult diapers and other hygiene products to the Substation on 11th Avenue.
We heard about a family in an emergency and great need. A mother of three is in intensive care. The father shot the mother in the chest and she is not expected to survive. There are two girls and a boy who will not have a home, a family and in need of everything. All their belongings were destroyed and since no relatives, they have been placed in foster care. God's Hygiene was able to give them backpacks, their own blankets, hats, gloves, socks, underwear, Purse of Love, basic hygiene and of course, prayers.
Lola is a 95 year old woman who lives alone in a place off Cleveland Avenue. When they visited, her toes were sticking out of her socks. Senior Options had not been out to give her a bath. God's Hygiene was able to provide her with adult diapers, 3 sweaters, socks and much needed food.
The officer pulled up on a 10 year old girl. She asked about her grades and found out her family is living in a one room apartment with wall to wall beds. They received blankets, hats, gloves and put on a special Christmas list.
They drove down Hudson and saw a working girl--she needs to buy formula for her baby so was not arrested. We gave her a bag pf hygiene, gloves, hat and scarf to keep warm.
We also gave our officer extra blankets, hats and scarves to give soothers in the community.
serving the community and Mrs. Barnes
On November 7 three kids received coats which were donated to God's Hygiene. A Purse of Love was given to a working girl on Cleveland Avenue. Two Blessing Bags were handed out at Planet Fitness on Indianola where Tammy works out. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes were featured in a video how God's Hygiene has made a difference in their lives the past four years. They were able to take home the extra food prepared for our lunch that day. So they dropped off a thank you card to Tammy. She opened the envelope and exclaimed "Oh no! There is a bed bug inside!" Tammy smashed it right away, but fearful that clients coming to her Howey Road help center for products could unknowingly infest her home. Tammy cannot afford to have her own home infested with the bugs. Working with those without basic hygiene can be so sad. But God lifts them up. We will contact all our resources to see if we can get them help to treat the bedbugs in their house. On Sunday, November 24 when the video was shown at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Mrs. Barnes was in OSU Hospital with a blood infection. We do not know if that is a result of the bugs.
the founder of god's hygiene meets columbus leaders
Tammy and volunteer Crystal Anderson have been attending Alpha on Monday evenings at UALC at Mill Run. They absolutely love it and are getting a lot of their questions answered. They plan to encourage everyone to register for the new January 2020 session. Any questions, see Alan Starr.
Paul wrote, “Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).