HCC News Archives

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Christmas For 1

Will you answer the call to provide Christmas for one child this holiday season?

HCC was blessed to hand out over 13,000 toys last year, 100% of these toys were donated. Please help us once again serve kids locally this Christmas.

Harvest Compassion Center Christmas Toy Drive

What to do in 5 E-Z steps:

  1. Email Nicolee Thompson that you are interested in obtaining a Toy Collection Bin.
  2. Set your dates that your business/group/church will collect.
  3. Decorate your bin, spread the word about the Toy Drive and HCC’s outreach and have fun! People want to get involved! Click to Download Poster
  4. Collect toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Please consider providing gifts for older kids, as they are often forgotten. Toys should be new and unwrapped.
  5. Schedule your drop off time at HCC to deliver your donated toys.

Please sign up early! Toy Distribution begins Dec. 2 to enable us to serve as many families as possible!

Other ways you can help:

  • Volunteers are needed to help HCC hand out donated toys.
  • Be part of one of HCC’s weekly shifts.
  • Donations of Food and Clothing are always welcome.
  • Make a 1-Time or Ongoing Monthly cash donation online.
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Monthly Motivation

Meet our friend Ammar, an Arabi refugee who recently fled Iraq for safety in the United States. The first time we met Ammar he shared with us through Google Translate that he fled his home country after witnessing the execution of his mother, sister and aunt. The terror his family experienced motivated Ammar and his wife to flee their country and seek a land where they would no longer live in fear of being killed. Ammar shared with HCC volunteers that ‘his mind and heart were no good’ and they lived with little hope. By the end of their shopping trip at HCC, a slight smile could be seen on Ammar and his wife’s faces. On their way out they Google Translated again, “Thank you for the comfort you offered us today.” HCC provides more than just free food and clothes; we offer comfort for so many who have truly experienced darkness. Let Ammar’s story of survival motivate you today to provide comfort to someone in your life who may need it.

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Christmas? Around the Corner?

Well not necessarily, although Christmas Day is only about 90 days away! We hope that didn’t make you anxious – we all have plenty of time to enjoy Thanksgiving first, then prepare for a wonderful holiday season. However, this IS the perfect time to start planning HCC’s Sixth Annual Toy Drive!

This year both HCC locations, Phoenix and Maryvale, will be blessing families with brand new toys for kids, ranging in age from infants to 16 years old, beginning Monday, December 2! We collect unwrapped toys, books, baby blankets, gift cards and more to make sure that every child in the Valley gets to open a present on Christmas morning!

Will you help us love kids right here in your community this holiday season? 100% of the toys that HCC gives away are donated locally! Last year HCC gave away over 13,000 toys and we cannot duplicate that amazing impact without YOUR HELP!

Please email Nicolee Thompson for more information about HCC’s Christmas Toy Drive and to pick your collection bin! Together let’s make sure kids in the Valley celebrate a blessed Christmas!

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SPROUT of the month: Meet Cari

Meet 12-year-old Cari Legere who has been a Serving SPROUT for the past two years. Cari is homeschooled by her mom and is in the seventh grade. Cari is one of our SPROUT entrepreneurs who launched her Mellow-Pop business last year. Every marshmallow pop she sells helps her feed another family. Cari recently participated in our summer serving project, making blankets for kids going through cancer treatments, and also regularly participates in our quarterly serving events. When we asked Cari what she likes about being a Serving SPROUT she replied, “I like serving people and it’s a lot of fun!” Cari also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and eating chocolate and ice cream!

Great job, Cari, feeding a family every single month, you inspire us all!

Interested in getting your kids involved with Serving SPROUTS? Email Lauren Sullivan.

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Open House & Ribbon Cutting!

On Thursday, October 17 we invite you all to come out to the HCC Phoenix Open House and special Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. Our event begins at 5pm, with the Ribbon Cutting taking place at 5:15pm and the event ending at 7pm. HCC will provide a free raffle to all who attend, some yummy treats to snack on, and give private tours of our facility.

We’ll also be announcing our Spring FEED1 Breakfast Event! HCC Phoenix is located at 4744 E. Thunderbird Road.

Bring a friend, family member, neighbor and/or co-worker who needs to learn about their local community center! Can’t wait to see you drop-in on Thursday, October 17!

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Rain Couldn’t Slow Down Team MSC!

Last month Team MSC/HCC successfully took to the streets of Wheaton joining forces with the DuPage PADS 10k/5k/1k Race to raise funding for all MSC projects. Team MSC had over 40 participants walk and/or run one of the three race distances offered. The morning started off a little bumpy with light rain and wind, however a beautiful rainbow appeared just in time for the national anthem to be sung and the start gun to go off! Team MSC had many TOP finishers starting with Kayla White winning her 14 and younger age group for the 5k and Alijah Thompson finishing a strong third in the same category. Other podium top three winners in their age groups were Kevin Sampson, Craig Lochridge, Bob Young and Steven Bland. Team member Phil Devol finished 1st in his age group of 70-74 years running the 10k in 56 minutes! Another top finisher was Chuck Sampson, who was the only 92 ½ year-old on the 1k course that morning, proving you’re never too old to get involved and make a difference!

Team MSC shared this event with family, friends and co-workers to raise support for all MSC/HCC projects. We’re thrilled to announce that over $75,000 was raised! All of us at MSC/HCC want to thank each participant this year who came out to support our mission and raise funds. We’d also like to thank our race partner DuPage PADS for welcoming Team MSC with open arms and Harvest Christian Academy who brought over 75 volunteers for the event. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a total team effort!

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Save The Date! HCC Phoenix Open House

Save-the-date and join us Thursday, October 17 for HCC Phoenix’s Open House Event. This is a great opportunity to stop by anytime from 5pm to 7pm and bring a new friend or two who hasn’t had a chance to tour HCC Phoenix. At 5:15pm we will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. Light refreshments will be served and all who attend have a chance to enter a FREE raffle for fun prizes.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Glenn Mire & Barb Schofield

This month we are honored to highlight this amazing brother / sister team who truly display compassion for their neighbors in need. Immediately after Glenn took his first tour of HCC Phoenix two years ago he was hooked and knew he had found a place to serve. Glenn began volunteering from time to time at both HCC locations and, as he did, he noticed how fast product goes out the door to families. He knew he needed to do more to help replenish the product HCC hands out. Glenn has now created a network of drop-off locations around the Valley where clothing donations are collected and delivered to HCC. He is constantly passing out HCC collection bins to get not only his local neighbors involved but local businesses too! One person who became a ‘drop zone captain’ was his sister, Barb, who quickly took the collection process to an entirely new level! Barb, who lives in Sierra Vista, has donated over 700 bags of clothing. Barb recruited her local community of Sierra Vista working with estate sales representatives, and the flood of donations hasn’t stopped! “I get great satisfaction from knowing that I’m helping those that are less fortunate … that truly warms my heart,” commented Barb. “I speak with a lot of people explaining why I collect the gently used clothing. The community here has a lot of homeless, yet there are no places like HCC in our city. We are striving to bring such an amazing organization to Sierra Vista one day!”

Barb’s big brother, Glenn, added, “Knowing all of these donations collected go directly to those who need them the most, at no cost and with a lot of compassion and dignity, fuels my efforts. Anytime I’m experiencing some sort of breakdown in my own life, taking a truck-load of donations down to HCC reminds me that there is always someone who is dealing with much bigger issues, and it returns me to living in gratitude!”

All of us at HCC are extremely thankful for your outpouring of support and being true HCC Champions!

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LAST CALL! Get Moving’ with Team MSC!

Join Team MSC!

Saturday, September 21st

LAST CALL to join Team MSC on Saturday, September 21 at 8am for our annual 10k/5k/1k event in Wheaton, Illinois in partnership with DuPage PADS and Harvest Christian Academy. Currently Team MSC has 18 participants registered at teammsc.org. Our goal is to have at least 50 participants! We need YOU!

Here’s how it works:
Go to teammsc.org and create your very own Team MSC “Sponsor Me” page (it takes less than two minutes!)

Share that page online or by email or text to raise $500 for all MSC/HCC projects.

Once you hit your $500 goal, our Team Shirt is yours as our thank you!

Last item: Register for either the 10k/5k/1k at the DuPage PADS site. They are handling all race registrations. Please list Team MSC as your organization. https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/event/dupagepads-15th-annual-run-4-home/e227640

If you can’t make it out on the 21st, be sure to check out who’s racing with us and offer your support to help them reach their fundraising goals!

We can’t wait to see you at the race! Any questions? Or you want to volunteer? Email Nicolee Thompson.

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SPROUTS Summer Serving Project: Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels

Each quarter our kids-feeding-kids program, Serving SPROUTS, pour their focus on another community outreach. This summer our SPROUTS, their families and friends made tie-blankets to be donated to Amanda Hope. We look for at-home projects that parents and grandparents can do together with their kids between their busy summer vacations. Last month our SPROUTS coordinator hand-delivered 36 brand new blankets to Amanda Hope Founder Lorraine Tallman. Amanda Hope serves over 1,000 families every year who have children in the hospital with cancer and other childhood diseases. Amanda Hope provides family counseling services, financial assistance and, most importantly, HOPE to these brave children. These blankets will be given to children in the hospital to make their stay a little more comfortable.

When speaking to Jessie Swygert, Director of Operations at Amanda Hope, she shared, “These blankets are such a comfort for kids while they are in the hospital battling cancer and receiving a gift from another child in the community always puts a smile on their face. All of us at Amanda Hope are thankful for this incredible donation of blankets.”

Thank you to all SPROUTS who participated in our summer outreach. All of us at HCC are thrilled to see our SPROUTS making a true impact within our community in so many ways!

To find out more information about how you can join our Serving SPROUTS Program and/or see the calendar of this fall’s outreach events please email Lauren.