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Recent News and Love Stories
Most people in the mid-Willamette Valley are hoping that winter is over and that warmer weather is on its way. But even if there’s another cold spell in March, Robert and Della Hatela will stay warm thanks to Love INC volunteers involved with the Firewood Ministry.
Three or four times a year, a load of free firewood is delivered to the couple. They live in an older mobile home with very little insulation and though there is electric heat in the house, they cannot afford to use it. They depend on a small woodstove to keep them warm.
The Hatelas moved to Corvallis from Reno, Nev. in 2008 to be near their daughter who works for Oregon State University. Both of them had good jobs in Reno, but when Robert became very ill and was hospitalized for four months they lost those jobs.
“He was given just a 10 percent chance of survival,” Della explained. “I stayed with him the entire time.
“He survived, but then we had no income. We didn’t know what we were going to do or where we were going to go,” she said.
Fortunately, their daughter was able to purchase and fix up a mobile home in northeast Corvallis for them. But Robert, who is 80 years old, and Della at 79 sometimes needed help making ends meet. Their daughter heard about Love INC and gave the office a call.
“We had never met such nice people,” Della said. “I have never, never had so much love like I’ve had from Love INC.”
Their last firewood delivery was made by a group of four young people who according to Della, “should have been out having fun.” She and her husband were “very impressed” with their generosity and the time they took to help them.
Once a month, the couple visits the office to make a small donation to express their gratitude. Call center manager LaCheri Carlson has told them they could send their donation by mail, but Della said they always prefer to go in person so they can see the staff and “give them hugs.”
“I just wish I could do something wonderful for them,” she said. “They are the greatest people and they do so much good work!”
Jack Kennedy says the Love INC volunteers who have visited him over several months have literally been “lifesavers.”
A series of health issues during the year, including chemotherapy and radiation, resulted in his losing about 40 pounds and a lot of his strength for doing daily tasks. Dieticians and home health nurses working with Jack referred him to Love INC. Now the 77-year-old admits, “I could not have made it without Love INC’s help.”
A self-proclaimed recluse, Jack has enjoyed getting to know the many volunteers who drop by to bring him soup and juices and sometimes the special treat of a milkshake and hamburger. “They’ve even done my laundry for me and have brought me three different seat cushions for my wheelchair,” Jack said.
“All the people have been so caring and while some Christian organizations proselyte too much, with Love INC, there’s none of that. They just love you. It’s a very aptly named organization,” he said.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Jack moved around a lot with his family before going to college at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He spent two years in medical school in Kansas City before he realized he liked doing research more than “being around sick people all the time.”
His career took a different turn at that point and Jack eventually had a variety of employers including NASA, IBM and Hewlett-Packard until he retired about 15 years ago. He attended Cal-Berkeley and Stanford in the Bay Area in the 1960s and lived elsewhere in California and southern Oregon before finally migrating to Corvallis in 1978.
Always interested in art and music, Jack spent a lot of time doing craft fairs which is where he heard that Corvallis was a “hip place to be.” He’s currently refining his wood carving skills, and simply trying to enjoy every day while living from moment to moment.
Jack’s closest family is a nephew in the Seattle area and his only financial support is from Social Security. On Jan. 28, he is facing major surgery to remove a tumor in his digestive tract. He knows there will be a lot of people praying for him because of the friends he’s made through Love INC.
“Among one of the most thoughtful and helpful things they’ve done for me,” Jack added, “is they’ve arranged for my cat Aura to be boarded while I’m in the hospital at Heartland Humane Society. It’s such a relief because now I won’t be worried about her being outside and alone.”
Jack admits his life has followed an “eccentric pattern” and that he’s made some poor lifestyle decisions, especially since retiring, but he’s very grateful for the way Love INC has still cared for him.
“Of the 10 or 12 different organizations in town that work with me, Love INC is the most outstanding,” Jack said. “I’m very appreciative of all that they’ve done for me.”
“…God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:7b-8)
Here at Love INC we have much to be thankful for. During this month, when so many are following the 30 Days of Thankfulness, we have decided to take this time to also share messages of gratitude from those who receive our services:
- Thank you so very much for the kind words, prayers, and gift card. The day it arrived the vehicle had hit empty — another example of how God directs us and helps others to provide.
- Thinking of you and some of the goodness He has channeled through that office! What a wonderful blessing.
- Thanks again for my choppers. I can eat, chew, and bite (it) feels so good.
- It was such a blessing to have all of you join together and help me get back home.
- I want to thank you for your many prayers and all the ways you show your care!
- Thank you so much for helping set us up with Re:New Church for a work experience opportunity.
- Thank you for the wood you gave me.
- Thank you so much for allowing us to use the wheelchair while my mother visited us from Colorado.
- Thank you for the wonderful supply drive you put on for us every year.
- Thank you so much for providing and installing a starter for my old car.
- My family has been blessed with all of your hard work.
And heartfelt thanks to you, our donors, for your prayers, gifts, and financial support. We appreciate you!
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
All for His Glory,
Love INC’s 13th annual School Supply Giveaway for Teachers was a BIG success! Nearly 400 teachers throughout Benton County participated in the event hosted by Linus Pauling Middle School Friday, Aug. 30.
About 175 volunteers from various churches in the area helped with the event and approximately $125,000 worth of teaching supplies were given out. One teacher shared that he didn’t really need more teaching supplies but that he came “to feel the love and support.”
Our prayer has been that teachers would recognize that believers are loving them and serving them because of Jesus. This man’s words indicate that he knew from past experience what he would feel when he came to the giveaway and he came again this year because of the encouragement he received.
The School Supply Giveaway ministry has experienced tremendous growth over the last 13 years. It has been incredible to see God’s provision and favor through this ministry. The connections that have been made, the smiles shared, and the lives touched are incredible.
Thank you for your continued support of what God is doing, like blessing our community’s teachers, through the Love INC ministry!
All for His glory,