Solar Lanterns

Love Like Lija funds made their way to Kenya to help at-risk families struggling during the third lockdown due to COVID-19. This project supported school-age children who were recently sent home again due to lockdowns; they were provided with food and solar lanterns. According to their application “Since schools are closed again…children spend their days traveling to get water, waiting …

Hope Garden

A Key Club at a central Illinois high school will plant a Hope Garden at a local park. Hope gardens “help to destigmatize issues of mental health and provide awareness for suicide prevention. Hope gardens become a beautiful place for survivors and loved ones to post messages of hope and healing. We tragically lost a student at our school to …

Books that Promote Kindness and Acceptance

This month we partnered with the GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club and Juniorettes in Clearwater, FL. Funds were used to purchase books that promote kindness and acceptance to six Title 1 elementary schools, thus supporting teachers in their efforts to teach diversity and kindness and promote inclusion in the classroom. By providing the books in a storage unit on wheels, …

Care Packages for Children

Robert Gutwa and the Grace Community Centre-Kisii in Kenya partnered with Love Like Lija to make care packages for children in the village. According to their application, “With the pandemic…every home had children who were desperate, out of school for over 8 months and poor parents, guardians who have lost a job, are ailing from terminal illness, elderly taking care …

Survival Backpacks

This week we are highlighting our latest project completed by our youngest grant recipient ever. Eight-year-old Maggie completed a service project last year with her Girl Scout troop and was inspired to undertake a project on her own. She applied for a $200 grant to fill Survival Backpacks for the Fill a Heart 4 Kids organization. Her original plan was …

Youth Gardening

Bloomington, Indiana Amount Funded: $1,000 Mother Hubbard’s Garden (MHC) Youth Garden program utilizes our onsite garden and various community gardens to provide hands-on learning opportunities for children from the families that shop in our pantry and other community members. A $1000 award will assist MHC in growing our Youth Garden program, specifically our Kids Cook Program. Kids Cook workshops occur …