Seasons of Sharing – the last two major holidays of each year are challenging, yet rewarding, for Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). The organization’s aim is to provide toys through the Empty Stocking toy drive and distribute Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food baskets for local residents in need.

- Empty Stocking-the community-wide toy drive toy needs you! -

The 2018 Seasons of Sharing’s goal is to once again offer Empty Stocking-The Community-wide Toy Drive, which will provide toys to an average of 2,500 children through HAAM. Last year HAAM distributed holiday food baskets to 1,356 families and provided toys to 1,766 children.

“‘Tis the season to be cheerful and generous,” said HAAM Director Millie Garrison. “HAAM is very blessed to exist in a community that gives so freely, with people so kind to provide help to those families in need.”

Toy donations will be accepted from now until Dec. 15, and food donations will be accepted until the end of the year.

Newly purchased, unwrapped toy donations for children are needed, as well as gifts for tweens and teens. Gift cards are suggested as a great idea for giving to upper-grade kids.

Food donations that are needed consist of stuffing mix, turkey gravy, canned vegetables, dried beans, rice, cornbread mix and brownie mix.

Monetary donations can be made on HAAM’s secure website, which translate as follows: $30 feeds one family, $60 feeds two families, $90 feeds three families, and $120 feeds four families.

HAAM recently announced that it is officially a “hub” in the Houston Food Bank’s “Hub and Spoke” program. This news means that HAAM is leveraging its capacity to help other agencies that are located farther from the Houston Food Bank’s downtown facility. Food orders are delivered to HAAM so that the other agencies save time, fuel and manpower by driving a shorter distance to get their provisions at the HAAM location.

Jerry Martin and Millie Garrison ask the community to donate toys to the Empty Stocking Toy Drive.

At this time, there are three “spokes” that receive their food orders at HAAM: The Salvation Army, Northeast Houston Baptist Church, and Heart of Faith Church.

“HAAM is able to provide another layer of service to our community partners by becoming a hub for the Houston Food Bank’s Hub and Spoke program,” Garrison said.

To help with the HAAM Christmas distribution schedule, food and toy donations are appreciated by Dec. 10. Toy distribution is set for Dec. 12-15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. daily and volunteers are welcome.

For more information about HAAM and their volunteer program, call 281-446-3663, ext. 120 or visit haamministries.org.

DONATING IS EASY!

Call us: 281-446-3663

Give onlineHaamMinistries.org

Give by mail: Humble Area Assistance Ministries P.O. Box 14051 Humble, TX 77347

Kroger Community Rewards Program: Each time you swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the checkout, Kroger will donate one percent of what you spend. Go to KrogerCommunityRewards.com to link your Kroger Plus Card - HAAM #81018.

Randalls Good Neighbor Program: Link your Randalls Remarkable Card at the courtesy booth and Randalls will donate one percent of qualifying purchases to HAAM. The HAAM # is 1123.

Amazonsmile: You can support HAAM by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate .05 percent of the price of your eligible purchases to HAAM when you shop and choose HAAM as your charitable organization.

Empty Stocking - The Community -Wide Toy Drive: New toy donations may be dropped off by Dec. 12 at HAAM, 1302 First Street in Humble or Black Cat Junction, 22310 Loop 494 in Kingwood.

 

Trilla Cook
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