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The Little Free Pantries Makes an Impact

Serve Denton and the Argyle Young Men’s Service League have helped install eleven Little Free Pantries in Denton County over the past two months. Argyle Young Men's Service League

Back in September 2016, Serve Denton helped the Little Free Pantry (LFP) project make its way to Denton, TX. This project is a full-circle community effort to help those who aren’t able to easily meet everyday food and personal needs. People can approach the LFP at any time of day to take anything they need or leave helpful items.

Serve Denton Communication Program Manager Brooke Hawkins said, “The Little Free Pantry in front of the Serve Denton office is constantly being restocked. We go out there during the week, and it is completely empty a day or two later.”

Mr. Vaughn

The project has expanded to Lewisville, TX, because of Mr. Vaughn. He decided to sign up because he lives close to the Salvation Army and already has a Little Free Library on his lawn. One family who lives on a road in a low-income area saw the story on FOX 4 News. They didn’t have much money to give but decided they could join the effort by putting one in front of their business to help make a difference.

Businesses, nonprofits, churches and community members can sign up to host a LFP on their property. If people are unable to host one, they can still join the project by stocking any of the currently installed pantries. A list of pantries can be found at http://bit.ly/LFPlocations.

For more information about the Little Free Pantry project, visit http://bit.ly/LFPproject or like the Little Free Pantry Facebook page by clicking the button below.

 

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The World Seemed Right That Day

There are just some people in life that amaze you. The people who are given nothing and are thankful for everything. The people who care for their families so selflessly without much concern for themselves. The ones who keep fighting even when life seems to be against them. One of the moms who moved out of The Wheeler House this last month is one of those people for us.

Background

Giving Hope, Inc. works primarily with the families at The Wheeler House. We help run the facility and occasionally get the joy of interacting with the families. When this family moved to Texas, they had little to nothing. The truck that they had was repossessed because they were late on their payment due to lack of resources. Not only was their vehicle taken from them, but the Christmas gifts they had been given were in the back of the car.

As you can imagine, this was devastating to this family.

They moved here hoping for a fresh start and new opportunities. They eventually found that here in North Texas. During their stay at The Wheeler House, Giving Hope, Inc. worked with the mom to help her find a job, childcare and other necessary resources the family needed. This family found hope, understanding and love from these staff members at Giving Hope, Inc. After staying at The Wheeler House for six months, they were able to move into a place of their own. They rejoiced as they sat around their first dining room table to have a meal.

The Barrier 

There was still one major barrier for this family – their lack of transportation. To take her kids to childcare, to go to work, to get groceries, this mom had to take all of her kids with her on a bus or walk if it was close enough. She did this without complaining, doing whatever she needed to do to take care of her family.

The Gift

This last week, one of our donors contacted us to let us know they wanted to donate their car to us. This was perfect timing. We knew right away where that car was meant to go. On Saturday, July 23, the Serve Denton staff pulled the car up to the family’s home. She thought we were coming over to bring her some paperwork, little did she know what was waiting for her!

As she walked outside, she tried to figure out what was happening. Right when she turned the corner, she saw the black car by the curb, and she burst into tears! It was one of those times where the world seemed to be right, even just for a moment. She cried as she sat in the driver’s seat, leaning her head against the wheel and thanking God for this gift.

She said the first trip her family was going to make was to church the next morning.

A Way of Life Changed

This family’s way of life will change because of the generosity of one person, who gave to Serve Denton, and allowed us the blessing of giving this gift to a family in need.

This helps lighten the load for Giving Hope Inc. because they had been having to help with a lot of transportation during these past months when a bus route wasn’t an option. This allows them to be freed up to help other clients.

This was the fruit of collaboration between agencies and the generosity of the Denton community.

Celebration Recap

Our Fourth Annual Celebration was a night full of firsts. We started a new tradition by rolling out the “Making a Difference” awards. We used a mobile bidding company called GiveSmart for our silent auction, and we heard from the former news anchor many of us grew up with, Gloria Campos. 12976850_977118005713448_7406600106829894574_o-1We awarded 5 community members with the “Making a Difference” award for their underground service to our city. The purpose of the award is to highlight the people in our community who do the behind the scenes work and rarely get recognition. They do what they do for a selfless reason. From the hungry to the homeless to the neglected and troubled - Everyday life in their shoes deserves an award.

12967463_977118045713444_3603631530590188884_oGloria Campos spoke about her experience with becoming an advocate for Wednesday’s Child, a foster organization. She highlighted sometimes up to eight kids at a time hoping to find them loving and permanent families. Because of her 40-year experience in journalism, she has had to report on many sad and depressing stories, which is why she has made it her mission to only report good news from now on. If you check out her Twitter, she is all about sharing uplifting and encouraging stories.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Celebration. Please know how grateful we are for your generosity and support. YOU are the reason we can help other nonprofits help people become self-sufficient.