• “Have a Heart” Recognized for Holiday Giving

    Have a Heart Recognized

    For hundreds of District 50 families, the holiday season was much better because of “Have a Heart,” and Tuesday night the Board of Education let the organization know just how much it is appreciated. The group was recognized for its ongoing commitment to the community.

    “Have a Heart” provided presents and holiday food to more than 540 people on the Saturday before Christmas. That was in addition to its normal operation which is open two weekends a month throughout the course of the year.

    The all-volunteer group provides food, clothing, household items, toys and school supplies to District 50 families. Many of the families are referred to “Have a Heart” by school counselors and teachers who become aware of families in need.

    “Have a Heart” operates out of a District owned building on the north sides of 72nd Avenue between Irving and Lowell. Volunteers spend countless hours sorting food and donated items so they can be distributed to families.

    Jo Smith, who once served on the District 50 Board of Education, created the organization in 1996 when she realized how many children were in need of help. The need has increased over the years.

    Kathy Pascoe, who serves on the “Have a Heart” Board represented the organization at Tuesday’s meeting. While acknowledging the District’s appreciation, she was quick to return the compliment. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the school district,” she said.

    As “Have a Heart” looks forward to the new year, the group has already identified needed items:

    • Underwear
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Glue sticks
    • Crayons
    • Markers

    If you would like to make a donation or volunteer your time, contact “Have a Heart”.

    Posted January 16, 2014