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Thanks from NEEDS

Carol Topp

I'm the treasurer for NEEDS, North East Emergency Distribution Services, a food pantry and emergency financial assistance charity that serves our neighbors in north east Cincinnati. NEEDS was honored to receive a $100 donation from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church via Carroll Grimes. Mr Grimes is a former volunteer for NEEDS, doing shopping trips to buy food for our pantry. Since he can no longer drive, he served NEEDS in this very tangible way. We appreciate his years of volunteering and his compassionate heart for our neighbors in need. The donation will go to help families with an emergency financial need for rent or utilities. And it will go toward buying perishable fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy to feed families. Good Shepherd and Carroll are helping NEEDS be the hands of Jesus in our city. Thank you!


The Gift of Music: A Resource For Life Read more

The Gift of Music: A Resource For Life

Bill and Kathy Shuman

We (Bill and Kathy) were ecstatic to receive a $500 check from GSLC God’s Grace, Your Hands. Since moving to Cincinnati, one of our primary passions is supporting Taft Elementary School. At the Taft open house this year, Mr. Larken, the music/art teacher, expressed a dream of obtaining recorders and boom whackers for his classrooms. Before receiving the check, we were struggling to find a way to raise the amount of money needed to meet that dream. (Typically, music classrooms are not as well supplemented financially as classrooms.) Recorders are woodwind instruments that provide a relatively easy way to introduce students to a musical instrument and teach them how to read music and learn about sound and pitch. Boom whackers are lightweight, hollow, color-coded plastic tubes, each tuned to a musical pitch by length; they are part of the percussion family and sound much like a xylophone. Students use them in groups, much like a bell choir. The $500 check, supplemented with Thrivent-action-team-grant excess funds and personal contributions, allowed us to purchase a recorder, case and fingering chart for every student in grades 3 through 6, as well as 4 sets of boom whackers. Needless to say, Mr. Larken and the students are thrilled, as exhibited by the photos below. Music stimulates the mind, elevates one’s mood and brings joy; along with its academic benefits, it can get students excited or help them be calm and relaxed. Music is a resource for life!


Thanks from Indian River Scholarship Fund. Read more

Thanks from Indian River Scholarship Fund.

Indian River Scholarship Fund

Thank you for your wonderful support of Indian River State College. Per your request, these funds will be placed in the Scholarship fund. Thank you for your generous support of education in our community.


Thanks from Magnified Giving Read more

Thanks from Magnified Giving

Magnified Giving

On behalf of the Magnified Giving's Student Philanthropy Program and all our recipients, we thank you for your generous gift! You, along with other donors, teachers and community partners help us educate, inspire and engage over 4000 students from over 100 schools who award grants to local nonprofit organizations. Because of this support, students were able to grand over $177,000 in 2019-- the most that has ever been granted in a single school year! You have an impact on these students and the social causes that matter to them! Thank You and God Bless!


Gratitude from Exotic Animal Rescue Read more

Gratitude from Exotic Animal Rescue

Noah's Lost Ark Exotic Animal Rescue

Noah's Lost Ark is home to over 150 Animals, many rescued from abuse, abandonment, or other deplorable conditions. We never breed, sell, or lend out our animals. Our promise to them is a safe, healthy, permanent home for the rest of their lives. They receive good quality good, premium veterinary care, and room to roam and play. This is all made possible by caring people such as yourself. We deeply appreciate your support and could not do it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Gratitude for Regional Hospice Services Read more

Gratitude for Regional Hospice Services

Regional Hospice Services

We wanted to Thank you for the "gift of grace" to our Ironwood office. Pastor Heidi Johns mentioned being drawn to the memories of her parents, Kenneth and Bertha Johns, who were both cared for by Regional Hospice. It is through donations from wonderful people lie you that help us continue to do the work that we do. We truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.


For Families In Need In Liberty, KY. Read more

For Families In Need In Liberty, KY.

Lisa Edwards

I gave my gift to Liberty United Methodist Church in Liberty, KY about 350 miles away. Liberty is a very small farm community where my grandmother (who lived to be 100 btw) was from & where my dad grew up. 100% of the kids in the School System there are on Free Lunch. The Methodist Church works w/ other churches in the area for a Free Family Night Potluck called "Feed My Sheep" for area residents & also gives away a food bag to each family in need. They rely strictly on donations. There is no FreeStore or Foodbank in the area like we have in Cincinnati.


To Do Best for Children, Youth, and Their Families... Read more

To Do Best for Children, Youth, and Their Families...

Wayne & Kathy Pieper

When we opened our envelope and saw the check was for $500 Kathy and I both got very emotional. We felt blessed, honored, and proud of our church and the decision they made to put us in a wonderful position to make a difference. As much as we would love to participate in many of the church functions, timing is not always on our side, so we felt this was a wonderful opportunity to give back. We wanted the donation to impact foster children so with the help of our niece we chose the National Youth Advocate Program which is where she works. The NYAP commitment is to do best for children, youth and their families and have an abiding faith that every person has an innate ability to learn, grow and develop. They do this thru four different categories: Prevention/Intervention, Positive Youth Development, Out-of-home-Placement, and Reunification/Permanency. So our prayers and hopes are, thanks to Good Shepherd's donation, that we can make a helpful impact to someone's young life.



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Crystal Cottrill:

Molly & Frank,

Thank you again for your donation to help our annual campaign! Your contribution definitely help fund our camp scholarships and provides us with resources to help strengthen our community.

With Gratitude,


Amanda Hill:

Thank you for honoring your father with this gift to Habitat. 13 homes in his era is quite an accomplishment, and to think of the generations he impacted with his volunteerism is priceless.

Amanda Hill:

Ed shared this story with me, and I just LOVE It. What an impactful gift!

Amanda Hill:

Hospice is such an incredible organization--I'm so glad you chose to support them and their mission!

Amanda Hill:

I am touched by your story, and thank you for raising awareness to such a worthwhile cause.

Bill Lucke:

I have passed that corner several times in the last month. The man is no longer standing there. It is wrong to extrapolate beyond the data, but…

Dianne Gebhardt French:

Lisa, this is a wonderful story about family, connection, and community. Thank you for sharing.

Tracey Long:

Well timing they say is everything- and it seems that the need, your skills and this gift were certainly in God's plan. Prayers of blessing on your hands as you take your skills where they are needed to help those effected by Dorian.

Tracey Long:

What more can I say- your letter was beautiful! Great to hear that Pastor McNickels and the House of Praise so exemplify the intent of the gift that your recipient was an obvious choice. Blessings to their ministry!

Tracey Long:

Addiction has trapped far too many and taken away the abundant life God intends for them- your gift will help bring HIS light to those who are seeking it. May your gift be proof through a time of struggle that God is always there to help.

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