Although the COVID-19 pandemic made things difficult to finish the school year and mission projects, the Missions Office was blessed with several opportunities to share the love of Christ and bear the name of our Savior via our school’s representation as Heritage Christian School.
Listed are those projects where HCS was represented by the Missions Office.
USED FURNITURE DONATION
With Chris Colelli’s help (and his pickup truck) we were able to assist former HCS Math teacher Kathleen McCray by removing some of her good used furniture. Same were later donated to a Chilean family in San Fernando.
COMPTON FOOD DRIVE
Again, The Wild Horse Foundation was asked to assist in another Drive-By food donation and the director, Lissett Carnet, asked us if we could join in that effort, along with Magaly’s Tamales. We proudly represented HCS working with Candace Leos, of the Mayor’s Office, servicing over 350 vehicles with boxes of food and hygiene supplies.
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM
Our North Campus via Marilyn Jones advised us of a complete set of books in new condition that was available for donation. We were able to pick those up and take them to Compton, where once again Mr. Adrian Duncan was very happy to receive them, as he provides for 4 to 5 different non-profits who care for underprivileged children throughout Los Angeles.
FOOD DRIVE FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD
We were able to join Magaly’s Tamales in providing a lunch for our servicemen at the Burbank location of the National Guard when they were called to protect our businesses and offices in Los Angeles.
EL NIDO FAMILY CENTER, PACOIMA
With Magaly’s Tamales again taking the initiative to provide meals, we were able to join The Wild Horse Foundation and provide meals to drive-by clients at their Pacoima Facility. More than 300 vehicles were attended with boxes of food and sanitary items such as toilet paper, gloves, etc.
ELEMENTARY BOOKS DONATION
Several hundred books were picked up from our North Campus with some of them going to Yasiel’s House and others stored for later delivery to Mr. Adrian Duncan in the city of Compton.
SAN FERNANDO COMMUNITY SERVICE, FOOD DRIVE
Mrs. Magaly Colelli, owner of Magaly’s Tamales, asked if we could help distribute food to families at a drive-by next to her restaurant. We were able to provide several boxes to each of the more than 300 vehicles.
HCS LIBRARY BOOKS
Over 1300 books were rescued from the trash bins at South Campus with most going to Yasiel’s House (ex-Dodger Yasiel Puig’s project for under-privileged children in San Fernando) and others placed in a garage. Later, the rest were driven to Compton and given to Mr. Adrian Duncan who supports several non-profit organizations from his home.
An employee of HCS donated a good, used car for a teenager who grew up in FFHM’S orphanage (Foundation For His Ministry) in Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico. We’ve taken three different mission trips there with Heritage Students and staff. Beyond the car, HCS was able to donate uniforms (basketball, baseball, etc.), other goods, used clothing, stuffed animals and toys for the children of the orphanage along with groceries for families that were in need.
The YMCA in North Hills contacted us regarding their facility clean up and discarding of several hundred toys. With the help of Mauro Bongarrá, a friend from Argentina’s ECEA (Escuela Cristiana Evangélica Argentina in Buenos Aires) we retrieved the large majority of the toys. Some of the toys were given to the Spanish church of Bethel Christian Reformed Church with the rest going to Yasiel’s House in San Fernando, where Lisette Carnet, Director of Wild Horse Foundation, was very glad to accept them all.
COMMUNITY SERVICE, WILD HORSE FOUNDATION
We were able to recruit some friends and empty the storage facility at Yasiel’s House, clean it up, inventory donation items and place metal shelving for proper location of the items.