Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Not only have we received over $950,000 dollars worth of donations (food, clothes, furniture) but we had some awesome things happen with our outreach to the community.
Supplying Needs partners with H.e.l.p. Ministries every Friday and Wednesday to reach the community. For the Grocery Give Away on Fridays we had an all time high of 348 families served on one Friday. That is the most families we have served on a single Friday.
Also in September H.e.l.p. Ministries started going to the streets every Friday night between 10pm-1am. We have given them supplies to put in their goodie bags, things like make-up, hygiene products, and snacks. This last Friday people were more receptive conversation and receiving hope and love.
September was just amazing and we look forward to what God has in store for the rest of 2013.
Supplying Needs Crew
Monday, August 26, 2013
Today is that day! We are extremely excited to announce that today a pallet was shipped to LOL Ministry (www.lolministry.com) for the use at their orphanage. We didn't think this day would come so soon but it has and we are excited. On the pallet is condiments, snacks for the kids, coffee for the volunteers, diapers, baby bottles, food of all different types, baby formula and more. A total of 36 banana boxes full of goods, free of charge.
How amazing is that.
Glory to God,
Supplying Needs Crew
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Today we were able to once again give to Helping Hands Back to School Backpack Give Away. Not only were we able to help with some back backs but a whole pallet (Which is about 30 banana boxes) full of notebooks, rulers, binders, and other supplies needed for school. We were also able to give 2 pallets of supplies that was geared toward teenagers and college bound students.
We still have one more pallet to give to a church in Elk Grove that goes to the schools to give supplies to those in need.
Supplying Needs Crew
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
This year has been a new beginning right after another. On May 3rd we started the Free Grocery Give Away. The first Friday we had 119 Families come out since then we have an average of 300 families every week. On our highest day we were able to give to 345 families.
One Friday we had a brother and sister come out (5 & 7 years old) without their parents. They were skinny, filthy and looking for food. We were able to load them up with as much food as the brother could carry being that the sister couldn't carry anything that we handed to her.
Not only do we offer food on Fridays but prayer. There is no pressure but we love to pray with people. A young man asked us to pray for a job for him. By the following week he came in a city bus uniform with sacks of bread. He told us he got a job as a bus driver. He had not been paid yet but with the rest of his money he bought loaves of bread for us to give away. He was grateful for the service we had provided for him the week before.
There is a couple who went through the line sat down at our prayer tent and started eating hungrily a loaf of bread. For some of the people we give to we know it is helping them get by but for others it is their only source of food.
A lady who had been coming for groceries opened up and said she and her boyfriend had been currently homeless and during that time lost everything in a fire including her adult children's phone number. A volunteer asked if she could pray that God would help reunite the family. As the volunteer prayed the word Facebook popped in her head. She asked the lady for her children's full name and last location. The volunteer looked on Facebook and sent out a few messages to people that filled the description. One gentleman wrote back stating that was His mother and he would be ecstatic to be back in contact with her. He then directed us to look for his younger brother on instagram. Two men lined up with the description and one wrote back so excited to know his mother is alive and well. So 2 out of 3 children have been found for the woman.
Recently we just finished putting the Free Store together. It will be by invitation only for people or families who are in need. They will be able to come during a set time to pick out 5-10 items from the store, free of charge.
It is ironic to say but because of the Grocery Give Away we are able to give more to groups. At the end of the Grocery Give Away we have other churches or groups who are helping their local neighborhood to come and pick up the left overs we have from the give away. Nothing goes to waste.
Don't get me wrong we are still in need of companies to donate their non-sellable items to help us in our efforts to reaching the poor. With out the food we would not be able to be in these peoples lives that we are encountering week after week. We need produce, dry goods, baby food, canned goods, refrigerated and freezer goods, anything and everything to help the poor, hungry, and needy in Stockton.
We also need volunteers. We start giving groceries away at 8am and our gates close at noon so from any where between 6:30am - 1 pm we would love to have help. Any time you could spend would be a blessing whether an hour or the whole time.
For more information you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplying Needs Crew
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
From start to finish we have been building up steam. It has been amazing. We started the year with being being offered warehouse space and now we are pretty much all by ourselves in a 20,000 sqft warehouse! This is incredible in the fact that it has allowed us to increase in donations we can receive. Before we were working out of a truck: this meant we would pick up the donations, park the truck, open the back, sort through all that came in, and then deliver it from place to place until we were empty. It took hours to do this and would eat up most of our day.
But now with the warehouse we can pick up a donation, drop it off, and go back for more. I think the most donations we have received from a wholesaler who kept saying "Can you come back to pick up another load" was 108 pallets of items in a two week time period.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
This year alone from January through June we have received more donations than all of 2011 by 40,000 dollars worth of donations.
All of 2011 = $337,000 worth of donations that came in.
Jan. - June 2012 = $382,000 worth of donations that have come in.
We have also been able to add another city to the list of places we have given to. We are now able to help a church in Elk Grove, CA and since last year we have been able to give to a group in Tracy. So we are now helping people indirectly & directly in Stockton, Tracy and Elk Grove.
Also Adopt-a-Block has expanded. We still have two apartment complexes that we have adopted but now we have added another group who have adopted a section where the homeless reside. We are calling the branch of Adopt-a-Block, Adopt-a-Bridge. Catchy, isn't it! We have passed by these wonderful people with a short hello and mini conversation weekly when we would visit the apartments because the bridge is so close by. But we never had a relationship with them until now. We are connecting with these people in a very short amount of time. It is one of the greatest blessings of Adopt-a-Block/Bridge. Yes, we are able to help with immediate needs but to have a relationship where there is mutual trust is priceless.
Thank you to all who participate with us either by praying for Supplying Needs and the work we do, or by donating product that meets the needs in the community, or by sending fincial support so we can pay our bills and put gas in our vehicles, or by coming out and volunteering at Adopt-a-Block and other events we are involved in. THANK YOU! It blesses us to no end.
From the bottom of our hearts,
Supplying Needs Crew
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The following are pictures that we took at the barbecue.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Well Supplying Needs ended our fiscal year with nearly doubling the donations we received from the year before. And with doubling donations that means we were able to help a lot more people. In 2010 we received about 228,000 dollars worth of donations and for 2011 Supplying Needs fiscal year we ended with 421,000 dollars worth of donations. We are blown away by how God continues to provide even in the economy we are in especially with other non-profits shutting down or cutting back on the amount of help they can provide.
Adopt-a-Block is looking at a new and exciting opportunity as we continue to walk into 2012. As of now we have 2 apartment complexes that we visit every Saturday to see the people and meet their needs to the best of our ability. We have been able to supply all the families with food as it comes and have helped with furniture needs. A single mom of three has been needing a dining table and we were able to give her a brand new table with 4 matching chairs. Just recently a young couple moved and only had a bed, we were able to bless them with a table with matching chairs, couch, recliner, rugs, TV, and vacuum cleaner. The table, couches, recliner, and rugs all matched each other and they came from 3 different sources. It was so awesome to be able to bless this young couple with their needs and even a want. Well now we are training a young lady to expand Adopt-a-Block. She will take a team with her to Adopt-a-Bridge by adopting a spot under a bridge where the homeless are living. We are looking forward to what God has in store as we embark on this new expansion of Adopt-a-Block.
Also this year we have taken on collecting for the next earthquake that will hit California. We are collecting bottle water, MRE's, and other items we will need to help respond to the natural disaster. We have 14 pallets of water so far and are still procuring MRE's. We are also learning how to make jambalaya to be able to feed people.
To end this blog, this year for Supplying Needs has already been record breaking. With in 3 and 1/2 months of 2012 we have received over 155,000 dollars worth of donations. This is a pleasant shock with how much is coming in and how many people and charity groups we are able to help. It excites us to no end to bless the city of Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, and Elk Grove.
Thank you for all your love and support. We really appreciate it all.
Supplying Needs Crew
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
God has allowed us to be in peoples lives and in organizations lives who are making a difference in Stockton and it seems lately there is a need all the places we have been helping over the last few years.
In Adopt-a-Block the need has been piling up. We have people coming to us weekly asking for beds, coffee tables, couches, dishes and food. And now we have a handful of families that are asking for Thanksgiving dinners.
One of the directors of a food outreach called and said a family just lost everything in a fire and they had no insurance to cover the damage.
We are getting information telling us that organizations pantries are empty and in need.
And there is an event where the Stockton Parole Women’s Support Group will be giving female Parolees an opportunity to “Dress for Success.” These women have worked hard toward change, and we are affording them the tools to continue their success in the business world and in life. For this event on November 16th they provide clothing and training to be able to have a successful job interview.
There is such a need in our community. If you would like to help with any of these situations we just mentioned please call us at (209) 401 5053. We are still in need of beds, Thanksgiving Dinners, items for the Dress for Success Event and other furniture.
If you would like to keep up with us on more updates and even recent photos please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SupplyingNeeds. Even if you do not have a facebook account you can still see all of our updates and photos.
Supplying Needs Crew
WHO WE ARE: Supplying Needs is a 501 (c)(3) Christian Faith Based nonprofit organization that collects corporate and private donations of food, clothing, office supplies, toys, furniture and other much needed items. We then distribute these items free of charge to the local community. We are 100% unpaid volunteers operating with a minimal budget, and we depend on the generosity of people and companies for the items we truly need to continue in our efforts.
WHAT WE DO: Supplying Needs gives directly to the poor, hungry, homeless, elderly, and people who are struggling to make ends meet. We also give to groups who are already helping their local community. As of now we have given to 25 different groups who are all doing different things to help their surrounding area. Some give out groceries once a month to once a week. Others serve hot meals daily, some focus directly on the homeless (shelter, clothes, food, etc.) and others help the elderly or disabled. In 2011 from January through Mid-October we have received over 275,000 dollars’ worth of product donations. Supplying Needs also teamed up with Victory in Praise who has a ministry called Adopt-a-Block. Every Saturday we go and knock on 60 doors of families we have adopted. We help to meet their needs with food, clothes, furniture, and take them to see their loved ones in jail, visit them in the hospital, and trips to the store. We are seeing that by a small act of kindness these people have hope that they would not normally have otherwise.
Supplying Needs also teams up with groups that receive donations from us to put on community outreach events. We have hosted a few barbecues, a couple Free Clothing Give-Aways, and a concert which were all free of charge. At the beginning of September we did a Free Toy Give-Away where we gave away 19 brand new bicycles, toys, games, books, kid clothes, and movies. We also had face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. All of this was provided free of charge to any and every one that came to enjoy this event.
WHAT WE ASK COMPANIES FOR: We approach wholesale and retail companies about contributing their non-sellable products to our efforts. Non-sellable products are items that companies can no longer sell to customers either because it is close to the expiration date, the has been damaged, overstocked items, or it is not the quality that can be sold to a consumer. Supplying Needs has a refrigerated box truck that can hold 6 pallets and a mini bus that has all the seats take out of so that we can pick up donations at the companies convenience.
WHY STOCKTON? Statistics have shown that Stockton is 4th in the nation for hungry people and number one worst place to live in the United States twice in three years. There are a lot of gangs, violence, poverty and other things that contribute to those two statistics. And we feel by reaching out to meet a need or show love it makes a huge impact in a community.
1) To be distributing nationwide and worldwide.
2) As donations of food, clothing, building supplies, toys, and other items increase, we will encourage other groups to start programs that will help meet the need in their surrounding area.
3) To be a One-Stop-Shop for groups who have a desire to make a difference in their community.
To give without any strings attached so that they can continue in their efforts in helping reach their fellow man.