Helping Hearts and Hands has been very busy this past year providing needs for those who struggle to feed themselves and their families. We could not do it without all the wonderful donors of not only money, but food and time, also. As we start this new year, we see a more severe winter than we have had in the past few years making it a challenge to get help to those in need. We also have a new President of our Country and do not know how to anticipate the changes that will surely come. Let us face this New Year with faith and hope as we assist the poor and downtrodden to do the same. “The future is as bright as your faith” Thomas S. Monson. So here’s to a very bright & happy new year. May God bless each one to go forth serving and helping those in need. HH&H Board of Director news—Luverne Shull resigned from the Board as his work has lead him in a different direction. Good Luck Luverne and thank you for your service as Board Vice President at HH&H. Jennifer Darcy recently joined the Board and agreed to be Vice President at the Jan. 13 meeting. Thank you Jennifer and welcome to Helping Hearts and Hands. In December we distributed 155 Food Boxes and 187 Christmas boxes. We were also able to give out over 200 turkeys for Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity of SSCAP in Twin Falls, a Burley Radio Station and numerous individual donors. Our Food For Kids program is growing and Cindi is doing a great job with it. Thank you Cindi, Bill and Jeff. We had an awesome year ending with a wonderful Christmas, with the help of many donors and volunteers. Thanks to all who helped in any way, it couldn’t be done without you. Ongoing Volunteers: Carole Barnett, Mitch Helm, Kim Milloy, Bette & Bob Wunderle, Virginia Richardson, Jeff LaCroix, Cindi & Bill Canine, Char Gray, Kathy Rison, Claire Major, Barbara Larsen,Tami Becker-Anderson, Sally Bergstrom, MaEllen Lamm, First Christian Youth Group, As Needed Volunteers: Harold & Carolyn Dimond, Shawn Helm, Jonathan Helm, Robyn & Hailey Hope, Amanda ,Annabelle & Eli Callaway, Jeff Nichols, Joel Cram, Stefanie Bilbao, Bill Sparks, Ron & Linda Hash, Sherry & Hyrum Newton, Steve Smith Family, Theresa Patterson, Sharon Chandler. Christmas Box Item Donors: Russell Visser, Dustin Vincent, Gooding United Methodist Church, Wendell LDS 1st Ward, Gooding LDS 1st Ward, First Baptist Church, New Life Church, ShuFly Arena, Magic Valley Growers, First Christian Church, St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Desert Hills Community Church.
Grants: Idaho Food Bank, Unrestricted Southwestern Region Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation, United Way, St. Luke’s Community Health Improvement Fund, Glanbia Charity Challenge.
Donors: American Legion Post #30, Phillip & Louise Becker, Olivia Benavidez, Harvey & Myrna Bickett, Lucile Bickett, Jeanne Brown, Paul & Donna Brown, Dale & Betty Butler, Christopher & Brenda Canine, Cindi & Bill Canine, Catholic Women’s League, Cheney Bus Inc., Chobani, Columbia Bank, D&D Transport, L M Davenport, Demaray Funeral Service, Inc., Judith Erdman, Jeff & Janis Faulkner, John & Jodi Falkner, Susan & Fred Faulkner, Tessa Faulkner, Mary Fields, First Southern Baptist Church, Vern & Carol France, Gooding Basque Assn., Glanbia, Gooding Craft Fair, Gooding Elks Lodge #1745, Gooding First Christian Church, Gooding High School, Gooding Elem/Middle School, Helen Hopkins, IDACORP Employees Community Service Fund, Cliff Iker, James Cluer TTEE, Sean & Meagan Jantz, Dustin Johnson, Tom & Cindy Jones, La Pasada, Mickey & Louis Leguineche, Locke Agency, M&W Market, Claire & Gary Major, Methodist Men’s Club, Walter & Patricia Nelson, North Valley Academy, Northern Lights Woodcraft, George Oberle, Gary Osborne, PEO Chapter G, Phillip Park & Park Pump Service, James & Nancy Patterson, Lester & Theresa Patterson, Catherine & Jeff Pavkov, Chris Peterson, Pizzaz Pizza Inc., Ridleys, Larry & Carolyn Robertson, Holly Sabala, Sharon & Gary Stockham, Billee Schnitker, Simerlys, Sliman & Butler Irrigation Inc., Mike Sliman, Slusher Construction WInc. South Central Community Action Agency, Stampede Burger, Sharon Strickland, Kasie Tapia, Ward & Joleen Toone, Audra Wagner, Wells Fargo Bank, Jerry & Susan Westendorf, William Putman, Cindy Wilmunder, Ken & Marilyn Wilson, Christina Wines, Bette & Bob Wunderle.
Jeff LaCroix and Claire Major have recently joined our Board of Directors. May the New Year bring light and hope to those being served and peace and joy to those who so willingly serve.
ANOTHER SPECIAL THANKS MUST GO OUT TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO GIVE SO MUCH TIME DURING EACH YEAR TO MAKE HELPING HEARTS & HANDS A SUCCESSFUL FOOD PANTRY AND RESOURCE CENTER!!!!! BETTE AND BOB WUNDERLE, LINDA WIGGINS, CAROLE BARNETT, KIM MILLOY, CINDI AND BILL CANINE, JEFF LACROIX, BARABARA LARSEN, CHAR GRAY, KATHY RISON, MITCH HELM, VIRGINIA RICHARDSON AND THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOODING YOUTH GROUP. BECAUSE OF THESE VOLUNTEERS WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN 4 DAYS A WEEK.