Full of Heart
Hearts also has helped battered women who have secured shelter but needed furniture and household goods; single mothers in need of clothing and furniture; a homeless man unable to find shoes to fit his big feet; and many others.
Her charity works with many agencies, including Catholic Social Services, Michigan Ability Partners, SafeHouse, Pregnancy Counseling Center, and St. Louis Center. "We feel at Hearts that if there's a need, there's a need," says Harris. "It's not up to us to judge. If we have it, why not give it?
"We try to encourage folks to come to us," she adds, "but for many, transportation is impossible." So Harris and her husband of twenty-five years, William, use their small Ford Ranger truck to make pickups and deliveries, scheduling them around his full-time job at radio station WEMU. McDonald and other volunteers, some of them from Hearts' nine-member board of directors, help sort, clean, and organize items.
Harris first found support for her charity from Chelsea's Ladies of St. Mary Catholic Church. The group donated $3,000 with a promise for continued annual contributions. St. Barnabas has also agreed to an annual contribution. Two friends have volunteered to write grants.