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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

Mission: Hearts Knit Together is dedicated to offering temporal and emotional support to those who are escaping domestic violence, or who are seeking refuge in our community from war and violence from around the world. To that end,

Results: We anticipate donating 5000 kits to families in crisis in 2015. In additio, when we receive items that we can’t use in the kits, we donate to the following: Deseret Industries, Savers, African Helpline, Family Support Center, Gentle Iron Hawk Shelter, Holding Out Help, the Inner City Mission, and individuals who donate to other charities.

Target demographics: All the Utah Domestic Violence Shelters, Family Support Center, Refugee Workforce Centers, and Holding Out Help

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since our inception eight years ago, we have donated almost 17,000 kits to families in crisis. In 2014 alone 4,537 were donated.

Geographic areas served: The State of Utah

Programs: We craft and supply welcome kits to every domestic violence shelter in Utah, as well as to other organizations serving refugee populations and other families in crisis in the State. These “bags of love” include hygiene items for women and men, and toys, books, games, clothing etc. for the children Each kit also includes a message of hope from our organization.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our group of teenage girls went to Hearts Knit Together for a service project. They had so much fun touring the facility and helping assemble kits. It was so inspiring to see the thoughtful, loving care taken to put the care packages together. The packages are so beautiful. What a gift to children and women who are in need of some safety and comfort! I was inspired seeing that service can involve beauty and attention to individual needs and interests.

Donor

Rating: 5

There's an atmosphere of peace, hope, and love every time I drop off donations to Hearts Knit Together. I am amazed at what a marvelous inspiration Linda is to us all! She's appreciative and proud of every little act of service. She channels the generosity and charity of thousands to help thousands of others. I'm honored and blessed to be a small part of this great work, to bring some comfort and cheer into the lives of others who are going through tough times.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Linda Simmons for almost 10 years and have watched her grow Hearts Knit Together from a tiny charitable organization in her basement,fulfilling 100 kits a year, to what it is today where they will be helping over 5,000 individuals in crisis in 2015. The atmosphere in the project rooms as the volunteers create these beautiful kits, (some have called them hygiene kits on steroids) has such a loving spirit. The men and women prepare every kit with beautifully themed and color coordinated packages. Every recipient feels the kits were made especially for them, and they realize that they are cared by those in this community. I believe so much in what they are doing, that I am now on their Board of Directors and am so excited to see what's in the future for them. Maxine Rasmussen - Board of Directors Hearts Knit Together