Bundles of Hope

GUMY Leadership Homeless Initiative

Help support GUMY in a new mission.   Did you know that PA is one of the 10 states in the nation with the highest homeless rates accounting for 55% of our population?  Homelessness transcends ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, and age.  Family violence, mental health issues, physical health issues, loss of or under employment, limited housing or rental stress, addiction, and traumatic experiences are all possible causes of homelessness.  GUMY Leadership has found a practical way that we can help.  Bundles of Hope are string bags with the verse “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” from Psalms 46:16.  Inside the string bags are items that can be used by individuals or families who may find themselves homeless.  Items like sunscreen, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail clippers, Bible verse cards, and other personal items promote cleanliness which helps to fight sickness and offers small bits of hope to those who may be feeling helpless.  We are looking for support through donations, either monetary or physical items, and we’re looking for families who want to be a part of something bigger and part of making a difference in our community and communities you may visit.  Families can sign up to receive 2-4 bags quarterly or biannually; bags would be kept in cars for distribution to homeless families or individuals as you may come upon them.  The idea is to have something helpful available that would be easily accessible and require little to no thought in a situation when you feel moved to help.  Please join us in helping the homeless and making a difference in people’s lives!

Items for Bundles of Hope string bags (goal is 150 bags)

Donation bins are located at the entrance and Mission Board for Grace Church.  Thank you for your help!

  • Toothbrush
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Winter gloves (stretch)
  • Flashlight Batteries
  • Hand Towel
  • Non-perishable
  • Band-aids
  • Nail Clippers
  • Notepad
  • Bath Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Bug Spray
  • Hair Brush
  • Nail File
  • Small Flashlight
  • Wash Cloth
  • Chapstick
  • Tooth Paste
  • Comb
  • Pen 
  • Poncho
  • Lotion
  • Toilet Paper

Support Your Community During COVID-19

Grace continues to serve as a collection hub for the needs of our neighbors. Our collection bins for Love INC, Hummelstown Food Pantry and Ready-for-School are located inside the main church lobby.  The Community Aid collection bin is located outside the All Purpose Room entrance of Grace. Please consider supporting these outreach programs throughout the year.
Donate to the Hummelstown Food Pantry
Their current needs include: Chickpeas/Garbanzos; Brownies; Spam; Vienna Sausages; Ketchup and Mustard. Donations can be dropped off at Grace in the church lobby and will be delivered to the Food Pantry each Wednesday.
Donate to the Personal Care Closet at Love Inc. (Love In The Name of Christ)
Items they are currently in need of include: toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products (regular pads), household cleaners and disinfectants, dish detergent, baby wipes, and body wash. Items can be dropped in church lobby at Grace of you can drop off on Love INC’s front porch Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm at 245 East Derry Rd., Hershey.
Donate to Ready-for-School Outreach Program 
We have expended our reach into the community and will now be collecting school supplies and backpacks throughout the year to service over 700 neighbors.  Current needs include: Backpacks for K-12th grade students; Wooden Pencils; 24 ct packs of Crayons; Broad-line and Thin-line Markers; Color Pencils; Highlighters; Dry Erase Markers; Glue Sticks; 1″ Binders (black, green, blue); 2″ Binders (red); Pocket Folders with Clasps. Donations can be dropped off in the main church lobby at Grace.
Donate to CommunityAid
While changing your wardrobes from season to season – please consider donating unwanted items to the CommunityAid bin located in the parking area by the All-Purpose Room entrance. Grace received compensation for the items donated which provides support to our outreach programs! The following items may be placed in the outdoor bin: clothing, accessories, linens (no pillows or comforters); small toys and decorations. Please do not place large items or bags outside of the bin – CommunityAid will not accept these items! You may take small furniture items, medical equipment, exercise equipment or working electronics directly to a local CommunityAid for donation. Please see the detailed list of acceptable donations (CLICK HERE).