As a volunteer for Love’s Treasures Ministry, originally organized through the faith based organization Love Inc., Todd Huff developed a true passion for helping others.
For over five years Huff worked alongside other Love Inc. volunteers maintaining the ministries four storage facilities filled with donated goods such as clothes, pots, pans, coffee makers, microwaves, kitchen utensils, glasses, car seats, washers, dryers, beds, couches, tables and other household items and distributing them to members of the community as needed.
Using a screening process, Love Inc. would arrange for people with various needs to receive essentials items donated to the ministry in order to help get them on their way. It was through this type of work that Huff witnessed how the giving of a simple spatula, toaster or blanket not only met a material or physical need but an emotional and spiritual one as well. Huff found the work very rewarding and wanted to get more involved particularly when the ministry had to close down for a period of time.
Huff spoke with his pastor Jim Todd of Crossroads Grace Community Church about his vision for reaching out to individuals, groups and organizations for tax-deductible donations and minimizing the screening process in order grow the ministry and help more people in need. After a very lengthy talk and much prayer and consideration, Pastor Todd not only supported Huff’s vision but asked him to lead the ministry.
While still under the umbrella of Love Inc., Love’s Treasure’s Ministry is now also under the wings of Crossroads Grace Community Church, and Sequoia Heights Baptist Church, and is excited about the giving and receiving purpose of this ministry and is very eager to spread the word.
“The whole role of this ministry is to have a nice revolving door” shares Huff.
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stuff n Storage located at 1139 Vanderbilt Circle in Manteca, anyone can stop by, drop off donations or let their need be known and receive help from Huff and other Love’s Treasures volunteers. While presently the ministry hours are limited to Fridays, Huff anticipates that as more donations come in they will be able to extend their hours and help more people.
Huff also adds, “If anyone has a special need, on any day, they can call anytime and someone will get back to them.”
While typically donations are dropped off to the volunteers instead of being picked up by them, Huff tells how he recently he spent an entire day picking up donations from a woman’s home which turned out to be a huge blessing.
“A woman whose husband passed away was having an estate sale. After the sale was over she still had many items left and so she called us up. There was so much that I had to call some of my brothers in the ministry along with my wife and together we moved everything and it took us all day.”
The role of movers proved to be a real God-send as in the midst of moving furniture and household items, Love’s Treasures received calls from people who needed various items. Thus the volunteers were able to pick up the donated goods and move them straight into the vehicle of the people they were able to help.
“My heart is to help as many people as I can” says Huff. “I’ve been praying for Loves Treasures every day and God is at work.”
The answer to Huff’s prayers are not only reflected in the donations the ministry is beginning to receive and distribute but also in having the opportunity pray for all those that come their way.
“We ask everyone who comes by if they want prayer. If they say yes, we pray with them. If they say no, we respect it and pray for them after they leave. Either way they are prayed for.”
Receiving donated items, distributing them freely to those in need, praying for and loving on people is what Love’s Treasures Ministry is all about and it is exactly how Huff and his fellow volunteers plan to make a difference in this community.
For special needs from Love’s Treasures Ministries contact either:
Crossroads Grace Community Church: (209) 239.5566
Sequoia Baptist Church: (209) 823.2089
Love Inc.: (209) 825.-9131