This past year, my daughter learned how to make cherry preserves as a 4-H project; she was so proud of learning how to make them, and that it went on to the Iowa State Fair to be judged. I don’t know about you, but there is not much that can beat the taste of homemade preserves, made with love. Each ingredient being carefully picked, handled, and prepared for the future care of loved ones and family. Mason jars are used for so many things, helping to preserve not just food; but also memories and dreams. When I was young and even today, I used a mason jar as a way to save money for those memories and dreams sometimes a penny at a time. There is an old song that Bing Crosby made famous called “Pennies from Heaven” that explains that raindrops are like pennies that reward us with the beauty of nature, and that the storms of life are the fee we pay to have blue skies, flowers, and all those natural beauties we take for granted. In the past year, Hope4Healing has help to change outcomes through 4,037 requests from individuals and families all across Iowa. We were able process each of those requests for on average $9.17 per request. We expect to see continued growth over the next year, and need your help to preserve families and change outcomes through your spare change just as many of us did in the past. Organizations like the Salvation Army and others in our area understand how spare change can make a world of difference.
Here’s how it works: we will provide your church, community group, youth group, club, or family with Hope4Healing labeled mason jars in order to collect change, cash, or checks for a month at a time. It gives each of us the opportunity to preserve our traditions by teaching our families, friends, children, and communities the power of saving for something worthwhile. I have grown up in Iowa, and Iowa has a great tradition of families helping other families who are on hard times. The methods of helping others may have changed, through the use of social media, resource assistance networks, and others; but one thing hasn’t changed our ability to help others with whatever we can give.
I will never forget the thrill within my being when it came time to count out the change in that Mason jar, and I knew I had enough money to buy that baseball mitt, bike, baseball cards, or whatever I had been saving for. It was a sense of achievement, accomplishment, and even pride. Nowadays, the things I save for are larger (vacations, home improvements, gifts to others); but you can ask my children, I still have a jar on top of the refrigerator for my excess change. It never ceases to amaze me how much is in the jar when it becomes full; but I still get that same sense of accomplishment for having made a difference and preserving a tradition.
If you would like to join us in preserving families and changing outcomes, please contact us at (855)584-HOPE (4673) or email us at Info@hope4healingquakerdale.net.