House of Hope Food Drive set for 41st year

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — For the 41st year, the House of Hope food drive will take place in Oakland.

This year’s event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, along Second Street in front of the Cornish Café.

Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted. The House of Hope is primarily geared toward short-term emergency situations where a quick response and flexibility are critical.

It is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concerns” particular to Garrett County. The House of Hope can assist with food, clothes, accommodations, bills or other specific needs.

Over the last 40 years, roughly $60,000 in donations and more than 80 pickup truck loads of food have been donated.

Chuck Nolan started the food drive in 1978, and he continues to be the driving force behind it.

He noted that the idea came from the birth of his first daughter, Bridget.

“We had gone through the training, my wife and I, so I could be in the delivery room,” he said. “So this beautiful baby girl was born, and the nurse let me give her her first bath. I remember to this day looking down and holding this precious little girl, and I thought to myself, ‘What a gift God’s given me. What can I do to give back to my community for this gift … to give back to God?’ And that’s how the House of Hope food drive started.”

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Hoop Hope Hooray Effort Brings In $22,000+ For House Of Hope

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Nov. 3, 2011

Hoop Hope Hooray, a fundraising and fitness effort spearheaded by Brenda’s Body Shop (BBS), brought in a total of $22,295, presented to the House of Hope this past weekend. The presentation took place at the final event of the campaign, held at Southern High School.

More than 150 people participated in the “hoopmania,” according to organizer Brenda Brosnihan, at the last event, which included entertainment, hula hooping, and dance.

“It was an incredible day with so much fun and energy all around,” Brosnihan said. “The audience was great and the participants’ enthusiasm was contagious. Completing this event with such an astounding amount of money raised in these tough economic times once again states the unbelievable generosity of the people in Garrett County. I’m so proud to live here and be part of such an amazing community that really exemplifies the House of Hope’s motto: ‘A Community of Caring.'”

The House of Hope has been attending to the emergency needs of Garrett Countians since 1978, often assisting when government funding guidelines restrict other area programs.

“Since the House of Hope never seeks or accepts government funding of any kind, this ministry has always relied on the sole generosity of the community,” Brosnihan said.

Sister Joanna Sinko and Sister Mary Ann Mazza, who operate the House of Hope, wished to thank all the sponsors, participants, and Brenda’s Body Shop for organizing the effort.

“The funds are so needed and we are so grateful to receive such an amazing do-nation,” the sisters stated. “Brenda’s leadership and vision to create such fun and productive events is a true blessing.”

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