What We Are Doing

Helping Jessica

Jessica Henry,photo 1 (3) 35, is a single mother of 4 children. She works full-time for Story County Community Life Program in Ames, IA, as a residential assistant in a group home for adults with disabilities.

Jessica’s mother contacted us after seeing an interview for our Monsters’ Ball event last year, to see if we could help Jessica. She was worried that Jessica’s 17 year-old van with 220,000 miles, bald tires and in need of a tune-up wouldn’t make it through the winter. Without the van working, there was no way to get to work each night to make money to provide for her children, and no way to take them to doctor and physical therapy appointments, which she was doing for her daughter, twice a week.

Joleen, Dan and his daughters, Natalie and Courtney, met Jessica shortly before Christmas, 2013. Jessica wrote to us about her experience. She said,

“They are wonderful, giving people. They contacted me to meet them to get new tires on my van before the bad weather struck. The entire way to meet them I was in tears. It warms my heart that someone who barely knows me could care enough to want to help. After the tires were put on my van, I couldn’t tell you how amazing that felt. Just driving home I had a huge weight off my shoulders. My tires that were on my van before were so bare it was scary to drive. I was smiling like a fool the entire way home. I feel a sense of relief driving to work since the new tires have been put on. My van is old, needs lots of work and just recently needs brakes, but I am so grateful for the tires, if that was the only thing fixed on it, it would be enough…Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!”

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MONSTERS’ BALL 2014

MB-skull-for-websiteMark your calendars!

Our annual fundraiser, Monsters’ Ball, will be held Saturday, November 1st, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Event Center West in West Des Moines, IA.

Entertainment this year features a popular local band, Flipside.

Tickets are $10 per person 11 and older, $5 for children 2-10 or $25 per family.

Not only do you get to dance and listen to good music, there will also be:

  • Children’s activities
  • Costume Contest
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • Food
  • Cash Bar

We hope to see you all there!

 

Shop and Help Others – Using AmazonSmile

We wanted to share a great new program you can use to support Generations of Compassion Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Is there any cost to charitable organizations or to customers?
No. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Generations Of Compassion Foundation

Thank you in advance for your help in our fundraising efforts and continuing to support our mission to create a more compassionate world, one act of kindness at a time.

Give Local Campaign Today

On May 6th 2014, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m., our nonprofit is participating in Give Local America – Give Local Everywhere. Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through https://www.givelocaleverywhere.org/#npo/generations-of-compassion-foundation.

We hope you will consider supporting us on May 6th! Your donation will go a long way in helping us continue to help our local communities through compassionate acts of kindness.

Please help us spread the word and share this with your friends and family. Every dollar raised is used to help provide acts of compassion and kindness for the betterment or our community and our future generations.

Arvada family gets much needed assistance

Generations of Compassion was introduced to Margaret and her family through the Arvada Food Bank in Arvada, Colorado.

Margaret is originally from California, where she had been married and was the victim of a violent relationship.  One night, her husband attempted to take her life by stabbing her 27 times and then taking his own life.  Margaret was left caring for her large family of 14 (her 6 children, a grandson, a niece and her two children, another niece, and a nephew). Her father, who lived in Colorado, was her source of support and strength, until he passed away in the last year.  Margaret moved her family from California to Colorado to take care of her father’s affairs and burial, moving the large family into her father’s 2 bedroom trailer home, where they work together to make a warm and loving home.

The children range in age from 2 to 24, with Margaret and the older children working outside the home to help provide for the family’s needs.  Margaret is a very shy, humble and proud woman, whose care and concern for the children is always her first priority.

Generations of Compassion met with Margaret and her adult niece, Jessica, to help provide much needed food for the family and warms coats and gloves for the children.  We were able to provide Margaret with food to last them for several weeks, coats and gloves for the 9 younger children.  Through the kind donations of our supporters, we were also able to ensure there were presents for the youngest children under the Christmas tree for the holiday.

Margaret and her family have touched our GCF family and are paying it forward by volunteering with our family at Generations of Compassion and helping others in need.

Support for a Local Soup Kitchen

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Samantha, a college student, was interested in paying it forward in her local college community, so she began volunteering at the local Soup Kitchen where she helps prepare and serve meals to others in the local community that need a hot meal.  Through her volunteer work at the Soup Kitchen, she has met many new friends and looks forward to seeing them every week with a big smile.

Parks Community Thanksgiving – Volunteering

GCF volunteers continued their annual tradition of volunteering for the Parks Community Thanksgiving dinner.  There were 14 of us, who helped prepare meals for delivery to the Des Moines area and also helped serve those who came in to Chuck’s to eat their meal.

According to the Parks Community Thanksgiving committee we helped prepare and serve 3700 meals to those who wouldn’t have had a Thanksgiving meal.

It was a great way to help the community and there was still time for a late afternoon family meal and fellowship.

Monsters’ Ball 2013

We raised funds to help more families and individuals, got the word out about our organization and having a blast while we did it.

Thank you to all our volunteers, who worked hard to make it fun!

Thank you to all who attended and supported us!

We learn each time we hold Monsters’ Ball and are already making plans to make next year better than ever with continued focus to make it a fun family friendly event.

Check out picture gallery to see some of the monsters, ghosts and ghouls in attendance.

Scottie’s Smile

Scottie Brown is a family man.  He’s a husband and father of two teenagers living in central Iowa working as a property manager and maintenance man.  Things haven’t always been so normal for Scottie.  He’s had to work hard to get where he is and with the love and support of his wife of seven years, he’s on his way to continue this path. 

You see, Scottie’s biological mother was a heavy drug addict.  When he was 18 months old, his mother went to prison and he was adopted becoming the youngest of six children.   During his childhood, he was bullied and often felt that he just didn’t fit in.  At the age of eleven he stole for the first time.  His parents were strict with him and after finding out he was adopted from a brother when he was twelve, the feeling of not fitting in continued to grow.   At sixteen, Scottie ran away to Des Moines.

Scottie became involved in burglaries and car thefts.  This is also when his meth addiction began.  Scottie was in an out of prison for 12 years.   At one point, he was in solitary confinement for five months and did some real soul searching.  He knew he didn’t want to continue down the same path he’d been traveling.  When he got out in 2005, he met Bambi.  He says, “She nurtured, supported, loved and accepted me.” 

But it wasn’t easy to change directions.  Scottie was living out of a duffel bag and sleeping on friends’ couches or on the street.  He relapsed, which got him back into jail for a parole violation.  Bambi visited Scottie in jail.  During a furlough, Scottie proposed.  Bambi and Scottie were married in a half-way house in 2006.  Scottie became the father of Bambi’s five and six-year old children. 

For the last seven years, Scottie hasn’t used meth.  He went through treatment a couple years ago for alcohol and has done well since then.

Scottie came to us asking for assistance with getting his smile back.  His meth addiction took a toll on his teeth.  He was missing seven, another was broken and needing repair, while others were loose or needed old fillings replaced.  Scottie was very self-conscious and never smiled in pictures.  He was embarrassed for his kids when their friends were around. 

GCF worked with a local dentist to get Scottie in to see what could be done.  After multiple appointments and much discomfort on Scottie’s part, Scottie has a smile that fits his outlook on life.

Scottie and his family already practice paying it forward.  When his family is out, they will pay for a stranger’s coffee or give a few dollars to someone looking hard on their luck needing food.  Scottie said, “I’ve been there.  I know what it’s like to live on the street.” 

When asked how he would continue with acts of compassion, Scottie replied, “Pass it on.”

Many thanks to Dr. David Berning and his staff for helping us get Scottie’s teeth repaired.