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2023-2024 Charities


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

2023-2024 Charity is - Matthew's Hope
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 children of the under-resourced community 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.



These two recipes can be used for Matthew's Hope and Eight Waves meals.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Crockpot Sausage and Gravy


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


Christmas Cards

Every year the ladies fill out cards for our local veterans. this usually takes place at the November or December 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 past year were 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 

February Charity Update

     In January we cooked and served breakfast at Matthew's Hope.   It was very well received, and they asked if we would come back again.  Our next breakfast is February 29th.  Please contact Mary Borgan if you would like to volunteer to cook or serve.

     We served dinner at Eight Waves on the first Wednesday in February.  Please contact Laura Radius if you would like to help serve at the next meal on the first Wednesday in March.   Coming to the meals is a good opportunity to see local charities in action.   WOW also provided a Valentine meal on February 12th in downtown Winter Garden.  The kids played games, ate, had pictures taken and went on a horse drawn carriage ride.  They all left with a Valentine goody bag.

Our future projects besides our monthly meals will be:

      In April a hygiene drive for Eight Waves.  We will collect small bottles of toiletries, like the ones you get in hotels, for the younger kids.  For the older kids we will collect feminine hygiene products and deodorant.  For all ages let’s collect toothpaste and toothbrushes.

      For Matthew's Hope we will have a food drive in May.  Single serve foods are the most needed.  Individual Spam, sausages, chili, stew, pastas with meat, individual cereal and peanut butter.  Please no expired foods or glass jars.

Thank you for everyone who supports our Charities.   Karen Tiffany, 4th Vice-President, CHARITY

8waves Eight Waves Italian Dinner workers - Mary Kelsey, Lill Gividen, Jennie Reagan, Karen Tiffany, Laura Radius, Mary Suchanick, and Bridget.  Not pictured Jan Penrose.

toy driveOne of thre SUVs full of toys


This summer, several members of WOW volunteered at Mathew's Hope to prepare and serve food for the patrons. Everyone was appreciative and loved the great food, especially the wonderful biscuits and gravy! Thank you, Karen Tiffany, for organizing this event and thanks to everyone who cooked and helped serve. (Not pictured is Alice  B. who also brought food and Debbie Erickson)

.-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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