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2022-2023 Charities


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 We are giving our charity donations to Matthew's Hope and Eight Waves this year while doing special projects for both.

2022-2023 Charity is ….. - Our two nominated charities tied in the voting so we will support both charities with special projects and cash donations. 
Matthew’s Hope deals mostly with the growing adult homeless population of West Orange.  They are now helping 1300 people every month.  As reported before, there is an increase in homeless seniors being priced out of their homes and adults with disabilities who have outlived their caretaker parents.  Also more young families are being priced out housing with rising rents.
Eight Waves focuses on the underserved poor children of Winter Garden.  Many of these children are living with limited food, hygiene products, and parental support.  Many are non-readers who are failing in school.


In the past our members contributed to the following:

Our annual Charity Letter
Spring Egg Auction
Jewelry sales
$1000 Raffle
Change for Charity
miscellaneous charity gifts
Designated Giving with our ORANGE PIG
Food Drives
Candy for Kids

Past ecipients of our contributions:

Samaritan Village
Edgewood Children's Ranch
A Gift For Teaching
Matthew's Hope food pantry
West Orange High School Breakfast Pantry
Memorials for WOW members who passed
Festival of Trees/ Orlando Museum of Art

WOW Members – Thank you for your generosity!


Christmas Cards

Every year the ladies fill out cards for our local veterans. this usually takes place at the November luncheon.


At every monthly luncheon we sell raffle tickets, 3 for a $1. Half the money collected goes to our charity, and the rest goes to the holder of the winning ticket. Cynthia Johnson-Guarino won at the December luncheon.

Charity Letters

Once a year our members receive a letter asking for a cash donation for our charity. the total for 2020-2021 was $4704.

Change Jar

Remember to toss your change in the container marked Change for Charity at the check-in table. Our new charity will reap the benefit.


WOW raises money for our charity by selling our gently loved jewelry.  Thank you to all that bought or donated jewelry.  Gently loved jewelry may be donated at any luncheon or given to a Board member.  


We are now raising money by selling used books periodically at our luncheons for a dollar each.


CAPS for Matthew's Hope

CROCHETERS AND KNITTERS - is anyone interested in making hats for Matthew's Hope for their Christmas Party in December?  Mary Greene would crochet at least one most every evening while watching TV.  If some of us start soon, we might have enough by December.  Thank you. The yarn is CARRON ONE POUND, DEEP VIOLET or any color you like.   Instructions are available for knitting as well as crocheting by clicking on the yarn.   Darby Turnipseed

Instructions (crochet and knit)


More Instructions for caps --  newborn this time!



Our two charities this year are Matthews Hope and Eight Waves.  Both charities have a need for small size toiletries.   With many of us traveling again, it would be great if you could save any small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion or  bars of soap to donate to our charities. Please bring them to any of the monthly luncheons and give them to Karen Tiffany or Laura Radius.  These donations are another small way for us to contribute to the needs of so many in our community.

Laura Radius and Karen Tiffany 

Eight Waves Update:

This past month Laura Radius, Karen Tiffany, Jan Penrose, and Mary Borgan served dinner to the children… pasta and meatballs, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries.  The kids loved their dinner especially the fresh fruit.  If you are interested in helping to serve in a future month, please let me know. Full and travel size hygiene products are always welcome.  Also donations of chips, fruit cups, Capri Sun juice are a welcome afterschool snacks. 8 wavesMatthew's Hope Food Drive food drive

Matthew's Hope Update:

Thank you for all the donations for the pantry food drive.  We also had monetary donations.  This is our last food drive for this year, but we always accept single serve canned goods.  We sponsored our first breakfast at Matthew's Hope on March 21st.  We served sausage and gravy on biscuits, fresh fruit, and juice and milk.  Let me know if you would like to help with the next breakfast.  Thank you again.-Laura Radius

A message from Matthew's Hope

The Homeless of our community are simply a reflection of society. They are us! Nurses, Teachers, NASA Engineer, Pastors, Executives, Prostitutes, Abused Women & Children, Foster Kids, People suffering with Mental Illness, Drug Addicts, Alcoholics, Drunks, senior citizens.... Life can change swiftly. It doesn't care what color you are, how successful you have been... What role are you playing? 
               We are excited to share that our new Matthew's Hope Chest Store and Boutique opened on Saturday August 22 at 10:00 AM! The Store features real wood furniture and home decor, much of it custom built, repaired, refinished or repurposed in our Hope Chest Workshop. In addition, the store offers wood furniture and decor that can be purchased as is, prepped for refinishing or we can completely refinish pieces to your specifications.
               The Hope Chest Store also features a Boutique of higher end clothing that has been donated to Matthew's Hope but is not useful to our homeless friends. These items are sold to purchase the items we do need. To learn more, make a donation of wood furniture, decor or clothing, please contact 
Can you help?
Feeding, providing hygiene and clothing to hundreds of people each week is a daunting task but with our Community Partners, we have been able to continue, even while others have stepped back, stepped away, or shut down all together. Can You help in some way, partner with us, or just need more information?
Please call 407.905.9500 or contact us at info@MatthewsHopeMinistries.  

(We also need Canvas Bags to put it all in... maybe your business has some Promotional Canvas Bags you can spare?)

Single Serving Food Items Needed:

Ramen Noodles
Fruit ( Mixed, Mandarin Orange,
 Pears, etc.)
Canned Meats (Vienna Sausages, SPAM)
Beef Stew
Pastas with Meat

weenies and beanies
snack crackers
granola bars

Please no expired food or food that needs to be prepared
Gatorade or Crystal Light Single Mix Packets
Instant Coffee (Small)

Travel Size Hygiene Items:

Wet Wipes/Wet Ones
Gold Bond Powder
Men's & Women's Shaving Cream
Men's Razors
Toilet Paper
Men's & Women's Deodorant
Insect Repellent

Jeans (New/Gently Used) small sizes
Running or Mesh Style Shoes (New/Gently Used)
Men's (New) Boxer Briefs
Ladies (New) Underwear, gently used bras
Ladies Sports Bras (New or Gently Used)

To donate financially, TEXT MHM to 41444 or or

Donations can be delivered or shipped to 611 Business Park Blvd. #101 Winter Garden 34787 Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm or by appointment. Please go around back of building by the Hope Chest Workshop with donations and look for the Arrow.

If you can’t get by to bring pantry items to us, would you prayerfully consider ordering online and having your donation delivered directly to us; or donate financially instead in the same amount you may have otherwise purchased? Without you, we cannot continue to care for the homeless men, women and children of our community.

Meal Sponsors Needed
Over the past few months we have been blessed to have had a number of individuals, families, churches and local businesses sponsor a Breakfast or a Lunch. Each has either prepared or purchased enough food to feed about 125 people each Tuesday and Thursday since our Matthew's Hope Ministry Response Team was forced to go mobile due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
It costs $200 to $250 to sponsor a breakfast, and about $350 to sponsor a lunch. Hope Church, The Crossing Church of Clermont, Chick-fil-a, Subway, Jersey Mike's, and Hardee's to name just a few have come alongside us to keep it going. Would you prayerfully consider being next?  Desire to help in some way or need more information?   Call 407.905.9500 or contact us at


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