Help Us Stock & Support HHM as they put “Love Into Action”

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John Bennett

Volunteers Needed?

COVID-19 update:
Bring food and hygiene items to church weekly by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. John Bennett will deliver them to HHM each Thursday morning before the pantry opens.

HHM is also looking for volunteers to work at the pantry, distributing goods to cars and pre-packing donation boxes before distribution. If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, you can sign up on their website. PCOC discourages members who are part of the high-risk group from serving in these volunteer capacities.



Food and hygiene item collection for the Heartland Hope Mission pantry continues. With the impacts of COVID-19, HHM is serving more families than they normally do. Bring your items to the circle drive doors of the church by 4 p.m. each Wednesday, and leave your donations just inside the doors – no need to enter the church further. The most needed items are listed below.

Food Items:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter

Hygiene Items:

  • Baby Diapers (all sizes but biggest need is sizes 4-6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Full-Size Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste

HHM has changed their delivery model to a drive-thru system to protect volunteers and families coming to the pantry. In addition to donations, they are looking for volunteers to work at the pantry, handing goods out to cars and pre-packing donation boxes before distribution.

If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, you can sign up on their website. PCOC discourages members who are part of the high-risk group from serving in these volunteer capacities.

If you have questions about PCOC’s support of and volunteer work with HHM, please contact John Bennett.

Heartland Hope Mission (HHM) is a faith-based charitable organization founded to put ‘Love into Action’ by providing food, clothing, shelter and other necessities to needy people of all ethnic backgrounds. HHM provides more food distributed directly to clients than any other pantry in Nebraska. Presbyterian Church of the Cross (PCOC) members participate in stocking the Heartland Hope Mission pantry by hosting our own “Pantry Sunday” on the third Sunday of each month. Reminder bags for collecting groceries are handed out after worship every second Sunday of the month; food stuffs are returned in those bags every third Sunday of the month. We also participate annually in the HHM’s “Stuff a Truck” food donation campaign to stock the pantry. We also collect Christmas gift donations for HHM’s annual Christmas in South Omaha party and gift distribution. In 2012, HHM named PCOC its Faith Partnership Award recipient for our church’s service to the organization. Our ongoing support for HHM includes membership on HHM’s Board of Directors.

As a key mission partner, HHM annually receives financial support from PCOC to help fund its programs.

Contact the coordinator, John Bennett, to volunteer.

Hope-Filled Christmas

The holiday season is upon us. What better way to celebrate the season of giving than to provide gifts for children in our community who would normally receive very little, if anything, on Christmas morning.  Please consider the following options for giving to Heartland Hope Mission’s annual Hope-filled Christmas celebration for local families in need this year.

Option 1:  The Giving Tree

Of course, we will have the traditional Giving Tree up in the church’s narthex this year. Take an angel ornament from the tree which will have 11 – 15 year old boy or girl suggestions for gift ideas. Shop for a gift and return it to the church by Sunday, December 12th unwrapped and place it in the Christmas wrapped and decorated box. Also needed is Christmas wrapping paper for parents to wrap their child’s gifts.

Option 2:  Amazon Wish List

For those of you who prefer to shop on-line. There are 3 separate links of wish lists for 3 age-groups of children. Open the link, select and purchase a gift through Amazon. The gift will be delivered directly to HHM before the Christmas event. The Wish List links can be found on the church website home page.

Links to Option 2 (Amazon Wish List):

Option 3:  Adopt-a-family

If you prefer a more personal touch, consider adopting a family and purchase gifts for the children of a local family who is struggling financially this year. You will be able to designate how many children for which you would like to provide gifts. There is a $50 minimum commitment per child. You will also be asked if you would be willing to donate $25 for a Christmas dinner for the family.

Link to Option 3 (Adopt-a-Family):

Adopt-A-Family Sign Up: https://www.cognitoforms.com/HeartlandHopeMission1/SignupToAdoptAFamily

Option 4: Monetary Donations

Finally, HHM would also appreciate any monetary donations.


Thank you for your generous support of Heartland Hope Mission and our Mission Committee.

John Bennett – Mission Committee member

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