Servant’s Heart: A Look at 2016

Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill is a non-profit organization, which has given hundreds of services to families in the community since it opened its doors in September 2016. Founder Kim Rhodarmer says, “We are just getting started. Together, we are making good things happen for our community.” Photo courtesy of Servant’s Heart.

Over the holidays, so many people in our community have shared what they could with those less fortunate.  After all the busyness of the season has faded, some people may wonder if they really made a difference in anyone’s life.  Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill is here to say that these generous folks have made all the difference.

Kim Rhodarmer at Servant’s Heart wants to thank all of the generous donors who made 2016 a better year for hundreds of people in the Mint Hill area. The Community Boutique also accepts donations of new or gently used clothes, small furniture, and home décor in order to fund year round operations and assistance programs. Photo courtesy of Servant’s Heart.

During a 10-day period in December alone, Servant’s Heart provided 176 children with new toys donated by various groups, businesses, churches, and individuals totaling $13,300 in value.  Parents were assigned a personal shopper to help them select age-appropriate toys.  The parents shared their families’ Christmas traditions as the personal shopper helped them gift wrap their selections at a free gift-wrapping station.  Most parents know that teenagers can be notoriously hard to shop for, so parents were given $75 in gift cards for each teenager in their home.  The parents were so grateful to Servant’s Heart for helping them make their children’s Christmas wishes come true, that many left with tears in their eyes.

Servant’s Heart was the conduit for 76 children to attend a Christmas Party where they heard the real story of Christmas and where they experienced the love and support of the community.  In addition, 23 families received fresh Christmas trees with stand, lights, and decorations.

Volunteers are the “weekly heroes” at Servant’s Heart of Mint Hill. They stock the boutique and sort donations, and help with seasonal programs such as wrapping Christmas gifts for children. Kim Rhodarmer says, “Without volunteers, we could not open our doors to serve this community.” Photo courtesy of Servant’s Heart.

When you hear what an impact Servant’s Heart has had on the lives of so many Mint Hill residents, you may be led to believe that it is a long-standing organization.  In reality, Servant’s Heart opened its doors September 2016.  The Community Boutique is where individuals, churches, and businesses can donate new or gently used clothes, furniture, and décor.  Servant’s Heart sells those items, and the proceeds support Assistance Programs for neighbors in the community.  Servant’s Heart also has partnerships that are able to provide various services such as car repairs, food pantries, and financial assistance.  The volunteers are the “weekly heroes” who serve by sorting donations, pricing, and stocking the boutique; others serve through administrative and marketing skills, and through assistance programs.  Founder Kim Rhodarmer says, “Without volunteers, we could not open our doors to serve this community.”

Kim adds, “I’m in awe [to realize] that Servant’s Heart, at just 12 weeks old, gave a generous supply of groceries for 302 people to prepare their very own Thanksgiving feast – using their favorite recipes, enjoyed with family and friends of their choosing.”

This past Christmas, Servant’s Heart provided 176 children with new toys donated by various groups, businesses, churches, and individuals totaling $13,300 in value. Parents were assigned a personal shopper to help them select age-appropriate toys from the many donations. Photo courtesy of Servant’s Heart.

Kim and her husband, Frank, founded Servant’s Heart to help people in the community who are struggling financially.  Though they had no professional construction crew or any significant funding, they held tightly to what they knew in their hearts, “When God calls you to the impractical, He will bring the supernatural.”



That’s just what happened.  A handful of folks assisted financially. To date, literally hundreds of goods and services have been given to clients.  “Servant’s Heart is changing everyday life for families in our community,” Kim says.  “To God be the glory because I could not have made all these things happen in our infancy without His orchestration.”  Kim wants to thank all those who have contributed to Servant’s Heart in 2016 as well as those who are willing to support such a worthwhile cause in 2017.

If you are interested in supporting Servant’s Heart or becoming a volunteer, please connect on Facebook and check out the website at http://servantsheart.org/home_2.html.

 




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Candice DuVernois
Candice DuVernois works as a freelance writer while waiting expectantly for her book deal to come through. She wrote her first poem when she was only seven years old, and she hasn’t stopped dabbling since. She enjoys writing articles in a lighthearted tone about the good people of Mint Hill, always striving to make them shine. She lives in Mint Hill with her husband, Dave, and her two dogs who she tries to get into the paper as often as possible (the dogs, not Dave). Matthew 22:37-39.