Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It's getting chilly outside! PROJECT WARM has started. Will you help us keep students and people in need warm with hats and gloves? Thank you to the Beacons of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church for donating the beautiful quilts and blankets.
Today Tammy wanted to help this little guy get warm with a hat and gloves set. GHHC really needs kids and adult gloves and hats. We are also accepting donations of scarves, new underwear, socks, blankets and gently used coats.
Large donations may be brought to God's Hygiene Help Center, 1402 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43224. GHHC is located just east of Oakland Nursery and Karl Road in the parking lot next to Donato's. Volunteers are there every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. You can see our orange garage doors in the back of the parking lot. Smaller donations may be left at the Exchange Center at UALC on Mill Run.
We praise God for the resources and volunteers that enable us to reach people in need. Your gifts and prayers help us share the love of Jesus and show people that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear." Psalm 45:1-2.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Linden life fellowship resource night
Matthew 22:37–39, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself’" (TLB).
Linden Life Fellowship invited God's Hygiene Help Center to be part of their resource night for parents. The parents heard about free resources provided by Columbus Works, Linden Fresh Produce Market, NNEMAP Food Pantry and GHHC. GHHC gave the parents laundry detergent and sanitizing wipes.
school hygiene boxes
Thank you so very much for your kind donation to our school! We were able to provide a handful of students with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other hygiene products because of your agency! Myself, YB staff, and our students thank you so much for your partnership. Here is a photo of two of our amazing students who helped organize the items on our shelves in preparation for students to take what they need! Casey Church
Family Advocate | AmeriCorps
YouthBuild Columbus Community School
God's Hygiene received this email from a school nurse.
My name is Sara Klose, or Nurse K, and I’m the school nurse at Yorktown Middle School on the east side of Columbus – with Columbus City Schools. We are in desperate need of hygiene products for our students. Unfortunately, many of our students are unable to afford these items and turn to the school to provide and assist in purchasing these products for our students. However, as the school nurse in our middle school – I have very limited funding and only a $300 annual budget for medical supplies. Oftentimes, I find myself having to buy these items because the funds are just not there! That is why I am reaching out to your organization to assist in any way possible – any type of donation would be appreciated and well-received from our students in need. We are in need of any toiletry and hygiene type of products that include maxi pads, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, edge control, wipes, body sprays for boys and girls, and leggings/pants/shorts in ALL sizes for girls (and boys). Not only do our students not have the basic items at home, but when an “accident” occurs at our middle school, we want them to feel like we can take care of them and lessen any burden on home to bring the student a new pair of pants and underpants. Thank you for your time and consideration – we all truly appreciate your mission!
Our dedicated executive director called to talk to Nurse K about their needs. She then packed School Hygiene Boxes for the nurse at Yorktown Middle School and Columbus Adventist Academy. Students are so much in need for basic hygiene. Thank you for supporting our efforts to help them.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. PSALM 107:1
student hygiene bags
Tammy and Kathryn spoke at North Baptist Church last month. Michael Tillis was impressed when he heard about GHHC's newest project to give hygiene bags to students while sharing the gospel. He had retired from ATT and had been looking for an organization who needed 200 drawstring bags. We are so blessed that God had us partner together.
Later that week St. James the Less School reached out to to our North Linden police liaison Office Bill Varney where they could get needed hygiene for their students. Isn't our God amazing how he fills the need.
the parable project
Tammy and Kathryn shared at the Parable Project at Twenty-Eight:19 about the importance of staying in school and how Tammy grew up without basic hygiene. God's Hygiene Help Center then presented Student Hygiene Bags to each student, Cheryl's Cookies and Trick or Treat candy. Middle school students meet every Monday and Wednesday from school dismissal until 7pm. Each week the Parable Project Program Director and a team of volunteers lead up to 15 students in activities and group time focusing on discipleship, mentoring, fellowship, life-skill development, and assistance with education. They also provide meals to every student who attends.
Twenty-Eight:19 is another nonprofit located just down the street from GHHC. The origin of their name can be found in the New Testament. It comes from a passage in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, verse 19, which says: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” To the team at TwentyEight:19, this means dedicating their lives to serving others, especially those in most need, and to bringing the light of the gospel to them. They believe that a focus on improving the family environment is the critical path to making lasting changes, improving lives, and ultimately making disciples.
GHHC is happy to partner with Twenty-Eight:19 since we share similar missions of sharing the love of Jesus with others. During the winter months we will be holding our monthly Prayer Gatherings in their building.
On Saturday, November 4, Kathryn and Tammy met with adult and student volunteers from Calumet Christian School. Tammy shared her story and the ladies packed hygiene bags.
Tammy shared her story with members of the Clintonville Rotary and Diane shared about God's Hygiene projects. Last Friday these Rotary members wanted to see for themselves what we do at our Help Center. Thank you that they brought in kind donations of socks, bandaids, and even coffee items.
We gave them a tour, Tammy shared more of her story and we answered their questions. They were reassured that we serve all clients regardless of their religious beliefs and only offer them prayer and a Bible.
She then shared us that the Rotary District has organized a Sock Drive and that GHHC will be receiving them! How our God keeps on providing!
more new partnerships
Pictured here are Kathryn Farrar, Executive Director; Tammy Jewell, Founder, and Nadine Rinehart of the YMCA Community Strengthening Programs such as YCares, SPARK, Stable Families and Early Intervention. She shares the information listed in the flyer below. More information can be found at ymcacolumbus.org
The Salvation Army has been providing free sack lunches to all our clients and volunteers every Tuesday for a few months. Kathryn Farrar, Executive Director, and Tammy Jewell talked with the Salvation Army about furthering our partnership.
Aaron Bayer of Humana shared information about Medicare and gave away free toilet tissue to every client on Trick or Treat day!
monthly prayer gathering
Every month Trina Oates shares an inspiring message with those in the community. In October attendance was way up.
trunk or treats
Trunk or Treat, UALC on Lytham Road, Sunday, October 29, 2023
Linden Community Center, Thursday, October 26, 2023
A monthly GHHC donor
Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for the great principle of thanksgiving. May we as a people find it more deeply embedded in our life, to the extent that it was practiced by our forebears. May we as individuals know and practice the law that thanks givers indeed become blessing receivers and so live. And for this , accept our humble gratitude. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Norman Vincent Peale