Heartline coordinates a variety of programs and classes throughout the year. Two of our most popular programs are Operation Backpack and Tree of Hearts which requires participation from our local community.
JULY -- OPERATION BACKPACK
Each year the number of people in Woodford County needing help with school supplies increase. In 2016, we gave 251 children from 9 area school districts their grade specific and necessary school supplies so they could start the school year off right. Operation backpack is available for every child in a Woodford County School with signups beginning in late May and continuing throughout the summer.
We seek school supply donations from the community. Volunteers are needed on various dates in July for sorting, filling backpacks and distribution.
November – Thanksgiving Meal for the Community
Alone for Thanksgiving? Newly empty nester? Family not getting together on this day? No family close by? Just you and a child? Heartline hosts a free traditional Thanksgiving meal in our Community Room at 1pm on Thanksgiving Day. Menu consists of turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and pumpkin pie. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling Heartline.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver the food to Heartline prior to the meal. Financial donations will be accepted, depending on need each year.
OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT IS ESSENTIALLY 3-FOLD.
Volunteers are needed for each of the segments of the Tree of Hearts program. This annual Christmas outreach requires dedicated volunteers to shop, unload, sort, pack/wrap, and distribute.
1. Through the Tree of Hearts program we are able to provide Christmas gifts for area children, age 0-17, who might otherwise go without.
In 2015 we were able to distribute gifts to 155 families (385 children). All gifts are donated by the generous residents of Woodford County.
Gift Drop off locations for 2016 are
Eureka -Heartline and Heart House, Eureka Community Bank, Goodfield State Bank, Heartland Bank, Mangold Ford, and Sam Leman Chevy-Buick.
Metamora/ Germantown Hills -Commerce Bank, Goodfield State Bank, Heartland Bank, CEFCU
Roanoke-Commerce Bank, Roanoke Community Bank
Goodfield-Goodfield State Bank
Minonk-Minonk Community Bank
Washburn-Washburn Community Bank
Spring Bay -Spring Bay Community Bank
Throughout the month of December, we have several donation sites throughout Woodford County where gift donations are collected.
Gift collection ends on December 9
Gift wrapping - December 13-15(select day and evening times)
Gift distribution - December 20
To volunteer for any gift wrapping or gift distribution times, please call the Heartline office at 309-467-6101.
2. We are a distributor of Christmas food boxes for the Salvation Army. This past year we provided over 193 area families with food.
Volunteers are needed for distribution of food boxes on Monday, December 19.
3. We join forces each year with the Peoria Journal Star to give Christmas stockings for Woodford County children (ages 3-11). In 2015, we distributed 212 stockings and 187 meal boxes.