Community Partners | Summer 2014

INTO THEIR HANDS

Mustard Seeds Childrens Ministry

When children enter foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs, journey bags filled with toiletries and personal items can be a great comfort. We’re thankful for the dozens of bags donated recently by three groups: Mustard Seeds children’s ministry, Evergreen, Mount Pleasant and Bynum UMCs (Corridor District), shown above with coordinator Devon Maust; Morrisville Women’s Networking Group; and Joy Circle of Fairmont UMC, Raleigh.

Tonya Boulware, owner of A Carolina Wedding, Wilmington, donated 46 formal dresses for girls in our care.

The Cape Fear Mothers of Twins Club, Wilmington, donated clothing, toys and books from its consignment sale.

Christmas Angels delivered! Yes, Christmas was six months ago, but your kindness is not forgotten. Thank you to all who made the holidays brighter for our children. See Christmas Angels at mhfc.org/christmas2013.

The Cool Ladies of Healing Waters UMC, Hubert, donated hygiene products to our FACT group homes.

The Good Samaritan House, a clothes closet of Wesleyan Chapel UMC, Wilmington, donated clothing and housewares to a family of five.

Riegelwood UMC donated clothing and shoes in April for our children.

New Balance

Mark and Kathy Allard, owners of New Balance Raleigh-Durham, donated 50 pairs of New Balance athletic shoes to teens in our group homes. In addition to providing the shoes, the Allards measured each child for the best fit and support.

Wilmington Seventh-Day Adventist Church donated games, books, hygiene items and art supplies in April through its “Bags of Love” outreach to children in our family preservation program.

Windborne UMC, Raleigh, donated Thanksgiving treat bags to our children.

Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach, provided Easter baskets with small toys and candy for our children.

FUN FOR A CAUSE

Bethlehem UMC, White Oak, part of the Bladen Charge, gave $3,400 from the annual Fore the Lord golf tournament, held in October at Carolina Sands.

The Hunter Snow Mission Fund for Children donated $10,000, including $5,000 from the Hunter Snow Memorial Mixed Doubles Tournament in April at North Hills Club in Raleigh. The fund was inducted into MHC’s Guardian Angel Society in January.

Kindred Hearts Circle at Holland’s UMC, Raleigh, gave nearly $2,500 through its Kindred Hearts Classic golf tournament. The 11th annual tournament was played May 3 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club.

The Children’s Ministry at Wake Forest UMC, Wake Forest, raised $500 in August with a family sock hop dance.

Ronnell

Ronnell Battle was all smiles as he received his ’98 Chevy Prizm from Wheels4Hope in December. Ronnell left our Craven Transitional Living Home and moved into his own apartment in Raleigh, where he’s working and taking classes at Wake Tech for a degree in architectural technology. The car and higher-education assistance from MHC are allowing Ronnell to pursue his dreams. Many thanks to Wheels4Hope for partnering in his success!

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Capital Associated Industries, Raleigh, gave $1,200 in March. CAI collected donations in exchange for colorful pashmina scarves at its annual management conference and matched the proceeds.

Food Lion Community Rewards donated $515 in February. Registered shoppers earn 1 percent of Food Lion brand purchases through MVP Rewards.

The UMW of Pinehurst UMC donated $5,800 from the Pinehurst Chocolate Festival in February. It was a chocolate lover’s dream!

The Triangle Community Foundation Anonymous Fund made a $10,000 donation in January. Although we don’t know whom to thank for this lovely gift, we celebrate the impact it has made on children and families in our care.

Millbrook “Iron Men” UMM at Millbrook UMC, Raleigh, donated $1,300 from their annual chicken barbecue held in April.

The UMW of Edenton Street UMC, Raleigh, raised $3,500 serving dishes of Wilber’s famous pit-cooked eastern-style barbecue in September.

The UMM of Silk Home ChargeSapling Ridge UMC in Pittsboro and Mount Vernon UMC in Siler City—gave $2,500 in November from a barbecue and other fundraising activities.

North Carolina State Employees’ Combined Campaign raised nearly $14,800 for MHC. Tell your state-employed friends that MHC is charity #1588.

Combined Federal Campaign raised nearly $4,100 for MHC. Tell your federally employed and military friends that MHC is charity #28619.

SUMMER CAMP

Thanks to the N.C. United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries for helping us send eight children, ages 7 to 16, to summer camps this year at Chestnut Ridge, Don Lee and Rockfish. Thanks also to Royal Family KIDS Camp #289, supported by North Haven and Poplar Springs Christian churches, Raleigh, for providing a summer camp experience to five elementary-age children in our care.

Jack and Julie

Raleigh Charter High School volunteers spent a day in November sprucing up the toddlers’ playground at the Jordan Center. One of the students was 9th grader Jack Adams, who was in the toddler room when the center opened in 2001. Jack is shown here with the Jordan Center’s associate director, Julie Glasgow.

1K FOR 1KID

Small church has a big impact: It’s not the largest congregation in our United Methodist conference. In fact, with an average Sunday attendance of 35, it’s on the small side. But Antioch UMC, Four Oaks, has responded in a big way to our children with its 1K FOR 1KID collections. Two years ago, on Pastor Appreciation Sunday, Rev. Walter Gaskins asked the congregation to make gifts to Methodist Home for Children with the goal of becoming a 1K FOR 1KID church. The donations rolled in, and Gaskins and his wife tipped in a modest matching gift to reach the church’s $1,000 goal. “We have a caring and loving community of faith who truly love Methodist Home for Children and its ministry for children,” Gaskins says. “They’re a good group. They step up to the plate.” Antioch’s giving to MHC totaled $2,805 in 2012 and $2,775 in 2013.

They’re onboard: Two organizations made $1,000 gifts in honor of MHC board members.
Apex UMC gave $1,000 in honor of MHC Chairman Erik Ross and his service to children and families in need. Erik was inducted, along with his wife, Jenny, into the Guardian Angel Society in January.

Duke Energy donated $1,000 in honor of Julie Hans, who won an employee essay contest about why she volunteers with MHC. Julie is director of innovation management at Duke Energy. Read her essay.

Tuna Run 200: It took about 33 hours and a whole lot of sock changes. Two teams raced a course from Garner to Atlantic Beach in October to benefit MHC. Hauling Tuna for the Homies finished in 33:02.40 and raised $2,150. Wesley’s Midnight Runners clocked a 32:37.01 finish and raised $1,200.

Young hearts: For the second year in a row, the Seeds of Faith Preschool at Fuquay-Varina UMC raised $1,000 for our children.