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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2021
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Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95
Praising God! Giving Thanks!
Dear Friends and Supporters of God's Hygiene Help Center,
What an incredible year!! Despite COVID, we were able to continue serving our neighbors in need through the pandemic. And the number of people and families that we are serving is growing every month! We are serving around 400 people at our Oakland Park Help Center and another 100 at our other help centers.
Our first-ever fundraising event, Divine Dignity, was a HUGE success, thanks to generous supporters like you. More than 200 people have responded, and together we raised more than $90,000. These funds are already being used. We are opening 2 more God’s Hygiene Help Centers in Columbus Recreation Centers, and we are implementing our new model of opening hygiene closets in local area churches and non-profit organizations who are also serving our neighbors in need.
When Tammy Jewell, our founder, answered God’s call to start God’s Hygiene Help Center, she knew firsthand what it felt like to be ashamed and humiliated. Please take 3 minutes to watch this video "GHHC'S STORY" that shares Tammy’s story and how God’s Hygiene has transformed countless lives in the past ten years.
During this Season of Giving, would you consider giving a gift to GHHC? It is safe and secure to make an online donation. A one time or monthly Dignity Donor gift is easy to do with your credit card or bank transfer at our website: God's Hygiene Help Center
Or send a check to: GHHC PO Box 20081 Columbus, OH 43220
We are deeply grateful that you have chosen to support God’s Hygiene Help Center. There are many organizations that are worthy of your investment, and we are humbled that you are joining us to offer hope and dignity to our neighbors who lack the ability to get hygiene products.
Tammy never says no to a person in need, and God’s Hygiene Help Center was born from that dream. In fact, she has seen a future that includes a warehouse as long as a city block! We are indeed making plans to expand, thanks to your support.
As we celebrated Thanksgiving, we gave thanks for our supporters for making a gift to God’s Hygiene Help Center. We praise God and give thanks for you, our friends, and supporters! We are so blessed by your love, support, and donations.
Tammy Jewell Terry Starr
President and Founder Executive Director
GHHC WALL OF HONOR ceremony
We want to honor and give recognition to special people who have been an incredible blessing to GHHC. There are two men who were honored at our Wall of Honor ceremony on November 16, 2021.
Harley Bratton moved back home to Ohio from Largo, Florida in 2015 to Iive with his daughter Diane Hendrickson. Diane become a widow in 2014 and Harley's sweetheart of 32 years had passed away. Tammy came to the house to visit Diane and play games. When Harley learned how she was serving her neighbors out of her home in the Linden community and her story, he became an avid supporter of Tammy. Harley was an integral part of the growth of GHHC in the early years. Tammy says, "He was God send to me and this ministry." Harley became her mentor and advisor--shorten your story, shorten your thank you notes, keep the peoples' attention and lighten up. When he read the Columbus Dispatch article that Columbus Parks and Recreation planned to build a new community center in the Linden area, Harley said, Tammy that is where GHHC needs to be. Diane get on the computer and find out who to contact." Terry and Diane made an appointment with Dr. CeCe Harris and that is how GHHC began having hygiene at the Douglas Community Center in south Linden.
Tim Robison has been a supporter of Tammy and GHHC for many years with his wife Tara. Tim and Tara became involved as board members in 2018. In January 2020, as GHHC reorganized with a new business model and new board, Tim agreed to be our Board Chairman. He was dedicated to serving and supporting GHHC and worked diligently with Terry, the Executive Director, to establish and grow our organization. Tim retired as the Board Chairman due to health issues in February 2021. He and Tara continue to love, support and encourage Tammy and our staff.
We look forward to adding more honorees in the future as special people make a difference in our organization.
Terry Starr has asked our Resources Manager Chris Bumpass to be the coordinator for the hygiene closets. She has graciously accepted this position. She is an amazing lady with great skills and experience in retail and product management. She will do a wonderful job! GHHC has received 20 requests to open up Hygiene Closets in some churches and health clinics. We plan to start with opening 6 Closets hopefully in December or January.
serving the homeless with your samples
Thank you to all of you who regularly collect and donate hotel or sample sizes of hygiene items. Each month Sue and Dick Zerman come to the Help Center to pick up 50 Blessing Bags. They hand deliver these bags along with sandwiches to the homeless living under the bridges in The Bottoms on the west side of Columbus. Included in these bags are shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant and razor. Because of Project Warm, this month we were able to also give them 2 dozen hats, gloves and socks.
We have a request as we enter the winter season, we need unused travel size items. Also please consider donating tubes of chapstick and lip balm which is frequently requested by our clients. Thanks to the great job Bonnie Johnston has done organizing our books, we are also giving out Christian books and Bibles. We will gladly accept any of your Christian books you have already read. Please no fiction books. Thank you.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
warm the hearts to reach the homeless
NBBA Street Ministries www.facebook.com/Notbybreadalonestreetministries <email@example.com> recently messaged us about their Outreach Event on Saturday, November 13 at Jericho’s Light Club. For the last four years NBBA Street Ministries has done Warm The Hearts to provide hats, mittens and scarves as well as personal hygiene products for the homeless and less fortunate on the West Side of Columbus. This year they did this at their monthly night we volunteer at Jericho’s. They requested they could use any donations we may have towards this. If you need personal references Royal and or Monica at Jericho’s will happily give my husband Steve Herrada and myself a reference if you need it. Attached is a link to the Facebook post for this event. https://www.facebook.com/1658502997754923/posts/3237758236496050/?d=n
Helping Appalachian Rural People (H.A.R.P.) located in Caldwell, Ohio, is another mission for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) HARP helps the local folks in Southeast Ohio and one of their projects is to give out Christmas Stocking to children 12 years old and younger. Each stocking contains a hat, a pair of gloves, Christmas pencils, as well as several toys and small books. Filling the stockings is always a fun project for a variety of volunteers. Becky Harrass of UALC has organized this project for a number of years and starts shopping for bargains right after Christmas each year. Diane joined Becky's family and friends helped with the packing on Sunday, November 7. Thank you Becky for donating extra items such as women's, men's and kids' socks and girls' hand cream to God's Hygiene to bless our clients this holiday season. We are blessed to partner together.
One of our volunteers Elizabeth visited St. Brenden's Craft Show. She came across the booth for Kindware. Kindware is a collection of hand-crafted one-of-a-kind pieces made by the incarcerated men and women at The Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville, Ohio and the Marion Correctional Institution at Marion, Ohio. Proceeds from donations of these items provide resources to support our men and women of Kindway’s Embark Program on their journey from incarceration to independence. Watch short video how this jewelry is created.
Elizabeth started to admire the beautifully created pieces and selected ornaments and jewelry. Tina, the woman managing the booth, asked her if she knew about Kindway. Elizabeth replied, "Yes, I volunteer with God's Hygiene Help Center and we pack Clean Start Basket for newly released women and men through Kindway/Embark." Tina shared, "I received a basket and it really had blessed me." Hearing this really made Elizabeth's week knowing she was serving with such a worthwhile organization as God's Hygiene Help Center.
tammy listens to Holy Spirit
On Sunday morning I woke up excited. Jesus told me, "Come on. You have a new sweater to wear to church." That wasn't the reason at all that I was woken. But I was tired and didn't want to get up. But Jesus knows me, "Get up! You have a new sweater." So I got up started to get dressed but not wearing the new sweater. The Holy Spirit nudged me about the lady named Lisa in the Flower Department at Krogers North Broadway. She needs a coat, hat and gloves. So I listened but I didn't want to embarrass her since she had not asked me for the coat. So I put the heavy coat into "Mercy" and drove to Krogers. I walked into the store and talked to Lisa. "Oh yes! I really could use a heavy coat. I have to work outside with the flowers and have nothing."
Tammy walked back to her car to retrieve the heavy coat to give to her. Lisa was freezing so Tammy also ordered her a Starbucks coffee. The Starbucks associate asked if Tammy was on her way to church. "Oh yes!" She started to cry and said, "I want to go to church, too but I have sinned too much. I feel dirty and unworthy because I have sinned so much. I have already been baptized but have to work every Sunday."
Tammy hugged her and said, "Your Father is waiting on you. He loves you. Come home. Come to church."
Out of no where, an UALC member called and asked "Could you use 5 new coats?" Tammy replied, "Oh my yes, the need is so huge." So Tammy was so glad that again she had listened to the Holy Spirit. She planned to deliver one of those coats and a Bible the next week to the Starbucks lady at Krogers.
We feel so blessed that several people have contacted Terry Starr, our Executive Director, about wanting to volunteer. They will start after the holidays in January 2022. If you ask any of our current volunteers, we have so much fun serving. There are a variety of tasks you may choose: greeting the clients, checking client into the database system, filling the client's order, restocking shelves, entering client into database, picking up inventory, handing out hats, gloves, scarves, or socks, offering prayer or resource sheets.
If you are interested, please complete the simple online volunteer application.
GHHC pOSITIONS OPEN
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Deuteronomy 6:4-6