One of the main principles of Yoga is “seva”, which translates to selfless service. By giving back to our community and helping those in need, is one way in which we live our yoga “off the mat”.
BreatheMoreYoga is partnering with “From The Heart”, a Tolland-based outreach program founded by Laura Ann Weekes. We will be a drop off point for non-perishable food, gift cards and personal-care items as well as specific items needed throughout the seasons.
“From the Heart” is about bringing support to others when life’s difficult “seasons” show up. In 1998, we began creating programs to help support children, seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and families in need.
The best way to describe how we work is to visualize a heart you might draw on a piece of paper. The left half of that heart is filled with wonderful people who donate because their hearts are open and filled with compassion and caring for others. The other half of the heart is filled with people who have fallen on difficult times or have come into a difficult circumstance currently beyond their control. The heart becomes one when lives are connected through unconditional kindness. Support, friendship, understanding, and empathy… some of the greatest gifts we can offer to each other!
Some of the ways “From the Heart” reaches out in support are:
Foster Care Program
Items always in need are: Age appropriate gift bags filled with brand new personal items (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) Back‐to‐School supplies, pencil pouches, pencil boxes, and Backpacks Hats, Mittens, Scarves, Socks, Coats, Snowsuits, Snow pants, and other specific requested clothing needs Fleece, Knit, Crocheted, or Sewn blankets (ask us about our “Squares of Care” program) Beach Pails, coloring books/crayons, and like items for our “Fill‐A‐Pails”, Easter Baskets, and gift bags.
We mail over 70 handmade cards each month. Cards are made by children in schools, churches, individuals, and even adults who want to create a picture or card to brighten the day of someone who could use a pick me up. The recipients of “Creative Cards” have been nominated by their friends, family, and co‐workers because they are going through a difficult time. Some of our recipients have been receiving a monthly card for almost three years now…and often times we receive thank you cards from the recipients! Many are senior citizens.
We are always seeking stamps to mail these Creative Cards Kids can easily get involved to draw pictures and make cards for us to send! We can always use help with putting stickers on envelopes for the mailings If someone has a loved one who they know would appreciate receiving a monthly mailing, please just email me their name and address and we will add them to our mailing list! Nothing better than receiving a happy and creative picture with a “Be Happy” or “Have a nice day” sentiment.
Adopted Family Program
We are currently helping four families who have fallen on difficult times. While these families continue to move forward every day, they still struggle due to loss or illness or other reasons beyond their control. We are always seeking monetary donations to help us purchase grocery items for these families. We also collect, on a regular basis, nonperishable food, paper goods, and personal items to help offset grocery costs for these families. We also donate these items to the individuals and families with disabilities we help on a monthly basis.
Monthly Bingo Nights at a local Nursing Home (every senior who attends wins)
Some of the items we purchase or seek donations for prizes are: Monetary support for our helium balloons (we try to purchase 35 each month)
Personal items: hand lotions, tissues, Chap‐stick, deodorant, scented soaps, shower gels, etc. Puzzles, small knick knacks etc. seasonal items, and a variety of other items.
Adopted Soldier Program
We are not currently sending care packages to a soldier.
Since 2001, “From the Heart” each month has mailed care packages to over fifteen heroic soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq! Many of our adopted soldiers served up to a full year each time they were sent overseas. FTH is always more than willing to add new soldiers to this special program…we just currently have not been asked to adopt anyone that is stationed overseas.
Soles for Souls
Our goal (and so far so good) has been to send two filled barrels to Haiti each year. We have wonderful local contacts who mission in Haiti and work with Fr. Johnson in Haiti to help provide the orphanages and schools with sneakers, flip flops, soap, washcloths, underwear, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We fill every barrel to the top!
“From the Heart” is not yet a non‐profit, so donations are not able to be used for tax purposes; however 100% of every donation goes into any/all of the above mentioned programs. “From the Heart” tries to reach out knowing we may not be able to completely change a situation….but we sure can try to bring Hope whenever possible. Every single dollar, every single donation makes a difference!
DONATION REQUEST LIST
- Gift cards needed: Big Y, Stop & Shop, and gas stations
- Canned: soups, fruits, vegetables, tuna, ravioli and pasta
- Paper goods: paper towels, tissues, toilet paper
- Pasta/Pasta sauce
- Boxed Mac & Cheese
- Peanut Butter, Jelly
- Baked Beans, Dried Beans
- Cereal or Oatmeal – any kind
- Breakfast Cereal Bars
- Snack Bars
- Cheese & Crackers, Peanut butter crackers, goldfish crackers
- Pretzels, Potato chips, Chips and snacks
- Microwave popcorn, peanuts
- Juice boxes, bottled juice, Gatorade, powered ice tea
- Dish Detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets
- Hand soap, kitchen and bathroom cleaning products
- Sponges, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, garbage bags
- Men & Women Deodorant
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Shower gel, hand lotion, Chap stick
Contact us at 860-375-0360 or email to donate.