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

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John Bennett

Volunteers Needed?

Pantry Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of every month. Bring your food and hygiene items to church with you, or drop them just inside the circle drive doors of the church anytime.

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:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Corn
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Pasta & Pasta Sauce

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 for 2022

The holiday season is almost here. 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, 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 PCOC 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 – each one has 11 – 15-year-old boy or girl suggestions for gift ideas. Shop for a gift and return it to the church by Sunday, December 11, unwrapped. Place it in the Christmas decorated box in the Narthex. You can also donate Christmas wrapping paper for parents to wrap their child’s gifts.

Option 2: Amazon Wish List

For those of you who prefer to shop online, you can choose from three different wish lists (links provided below) to select and purchase a gift through Amazon. The gift(s) will be delivered directly to HHM from Amazon before the Christmas event.

Option 3: Adopt-a-family

If you prefer a more personal touch, consider adopting a local family who is struggling financially this year and buying gifts for the children. You will be able to designate the number of children for whom you would like to provide gifts. There is a $50 minimum commitment per child. Please drop off Adopt-a-Family gifts to HHM by Friday, December 9. If that date doesn’t work, the last drop off date is Wednesday, December 14. Learn more about the Adopt-a-Family option.

Option 4: Donate to Support a Family

Finally, if you are unable to shop, but would still like to help with this annual event, HHM also appreciates any monetary donations. Learn more and donate to support this effort.

Volunteer Your Time

HHM also needs volunteers for their Christmas celebration. Volunteers will pack toys in bags for parents to take home to their children or help with the various celebration events. There are a variety of dates and times to choose from. If you would like to volunteer and help HHM with this holiday event, please sign up online

Remember the Pantry at Christmas

Also, please remember in your holiday busyness to donate pantry and hygiene items on the 3rd Sunday of the month (December 18). Drop them off in the circle drive vestibule anytime during the month or bring them with you to worship on December 18. Our mision group will deliver them to HHM.

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

John Bennett – Mission Committee member