9/17/2017 President’s Message

9/17/2017 President’s Message

SOH President message #2: Thank you all for allowing me time to wrap my head around the direction our charity will go and what our role will be as we begin the second phase of the Alafia Disaster Recovery process. I have decided we will be meeting the needs of this community individually. I will be posting many mini-projects that can be owned by either an individual or a group. I have a form that includes short term and long term needs that the people in need are filling out when they come to the food bank for items. So, short term needs are things like showers, clean clothes, food. Long term needs are things like a washing machine, a car that’s been flooded, refrigerator (these are in long term because the house will need to be cleaned out and de molded before these can be put in.) My only requirement of you is that if you tell me you will do the project, do it. I always refer to the way we run the food bank as a “boutique” food bank and I suppose if you’ve got the resources – why not be a “boutique” disaster relief program? So, let me know if you have a group interested in owning some of the things these people have told me they lost/need to start again. Needs can be as low as a couple hundred dollars and as high as $2,000. Much love to all of you who have championed this cause. I seriously can’t tell you how much it means to me. Your fearless captain of the ship….Leda Auvil...
9/16 Plan

9/16 Plan

So here’s the SOH plan going forward: I have contacts within the Alafia River community who are giving me information about which residents are in the most need and who are deserving and would be appreciative of our help. I feel strongly that there are many who we as a group, we as a community can assist. My plan is to gather as much information as I can from people who know the people. I’m not enlisting the calvary yet but be on stand-by. This is a very mixed community in many ways – I need to ensure that we are on the right path before I start us as an organization down any road. On another note: I’ve opened our food bank up to the residents affected by the disaster for the next 7 days: Sat 9/16 through Sat 9/23 from 10 am to 2 pm. I’ve contacted people to spread the word in the Alafia community. We have all of our donated supplies out on tables so people can shop. We’ve had a couple of families come through already and there is still as you can imagine, waves of sadness. We are offering hope and recovery, hugs and a shoulder in addition to supplies. I have my student volunteers lined up but if anyone would like to come up and say “hi” that would be awesome. I’ll be there as well because, hey, where else would I be? I love showing people what we as a group have...
Relief Effort

Relief Effort

A message from the SOH President: today my biggest challenge was to figure out a sustainability plan for the Alafia River Disaster Relief effort. I think I’ve done that. I asked Corey Duncan, missions pastor at FishHawk Fellowship (813-655-7431 cduncan@fishhawkfc.org) to lead the effort and to partner with Erick Ashley at Grace UMC who was there for us in so many ways in the beginning. The access to the amount of manpower needed, the time and energy to figure out the best and most efficient way to spend the money you’ve all so graciously given, and truly be a future presence for these people – meeting unforeseen needs is something I felt was beyond the mission of Seeds of Hope. Any gift cards, cash donations or online donations for the Alafia Recovery effort will be turned over to Corey and he will determine where/how best to distribute. When I began us down this road 3 days ago, I had no idea where it would lead…. We did something that no one else would – Not the Red Cross, Not FEMA, Not Hillsborough County. We were a seed of hope to people – the forgotten people – in one of their darkest hours. The amount of donations, volunteers and requests to help was overwhelming. Thank you. All of the people on the Alafia know that through the recovery, Seeds of Hope will be there for them – providing access to food at the food bank once a week. And, if Corey sees a direct food need after houses are cleaned and people return, we will be there to help. It’s...