Toys For Hope Brings Toys and Gifts to Homeless Children in Orange County

Thank You to Our Community

I want to thank everyone who stepped up and supported my family yesterday with our Toys for Hope event. We are so grateful for the people who helped spread the word about the event, and of course, all of you who came by to drop off gifts and say hi. Thanks to those who stayed and helped pack up the donations and thank you to Windermere Preparatory School who graciously allowed us to use their property as a drop-off point as well as help draw people in to support the cause.

A Successful Toy Drive

Our Toys for Hope event collected over 300 gifts in just 3 hours! The event took place from 1-4pm on December 6th and by 4pm we needed to call in reinforcements to help haul all the goods.  Three car/truck loads were packed to the max and were hauled off to the Matthew’s Hope warehouse in Winter Garden.

Matthew’s Hope Christmas Carnival

All the gifts collected at our event will be set up on display at the Matthew’s Hope Christmas Carnival, which takes place on December 12th.  There, children who are homeless, and whose families are working with the Matthew’s Hope program, will walk through a room of toys and gifts filling out a list of things they want to ask Santa for.  They will then meet Santa who arrives on a fire truck courtesy of the Winter Garden Fire Department.  With the help of their families, and of course Santa, Christmas morning will become a magical moment for these beautiful children.

What is Matthew’s Hope?

Matthew’s Hope is a program that works hard day in and day out helping rehabilitate people who are homeless.  The program, which refers to the homeless as Guests, provides healthcare, counseling, transitional housing, jobs and services such as haircuts, showers and more.  Guests who enroll in the program are given jobs that help them earn points that they can use towards purchasing needed items.  There is a large pantry on-site at Matthew’s Hope where Guests can buy things such as food, diapers and toiletries.  Once Guests have reached a certain level in the program they will receive career counseling and help in finding a job.  Matthew’s Hope is dedicated in the community to providing people in need with a hand up rather than a hand out.  For more information, you can find them at

Matthew’s Hope
Address: 1460 Daniels Rd, Winter Garden, FL 34787

House Warming at Matthew’s Hope

Matthew’s Hope Opens their Transition Homes

After months of rehabbing homes, Matthew’s Hope held a house warming event for two homes out of the 6 that were completed. The homes will serve as transition homes for the people who have been going through the program and are ready to make the next transition. Matthew’s Hope works with the homeless in the Winter Garden, FL area. People in the program go through rehabilitation and these homes are for those that have reached the point in the program where they are ready to begin transition, back on their feet.  Serving those that have worked hard to rehab these homes and to see the amazing work that has been done has been a true blessing.

Benefit Party For Matthew’s Hope Brought Needed Donations

It was an evening of community, compassion and fun.

A Benefit Party for Matthew’s Hope

Photos and stories from people who have gone through, or are going through, the Matthew’s Hope program were placed in different areas of the Beer & Wine event that took place on Saturday night at the home of Dave and Amy Vanz in Windermere, FL.  As guests came in and mingled around they took time to read each of the stories around the home learning more about the non-profit that is helping people get back on their feet after finding themselves homeless and without jobs.  Each of the guests who came to the event brought a donation that was listed on the invite.  From toiletries to dishes to socks and under garments, people kicked off the week of Thanksgiving with the giving of their hearts.