Heathwood Helping Hands: How You Can Help

Sunday, October 11, 2015

​Heathwood Helping Hands was formed to help with flood relief for Heathwood families and others in the Columbia community. On this page, we will list what’s needed, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to help. We’ll update as often as possible, so check back regularly if you can.

You can also contact heathwood Helping Hands at any time at heathwoodhelpinghands@gmail.com

Close to 60 Heathwood families live in neighborhoods that were flooded. These families experienced varying degrees of damage to their homes and possessions. The South Beltline neighborhood close to our campus was also hard hit, and we hope to be able to provide significant support to that community as well.

Here are our current needs:

Food Drive

We are currently accepting casseroles, which can be dropped off inside the Dining Commons from 8-2 on weekdays. Please label your casserole with heating instructions and note whether it contains any nuts or peanut ingredients. The Dining Commons staff will place casseroles in the freezer for distribution to members of the Heathwood community or the South Beltline neighborhood who have been impacted by the flood. If you know of other members of the Columbia community who could benefit from pre-prepared meals, let us know at Heathwoodhelpinghands@gmail.com

We are also in the process of setting up meal trains for Heathwood families impacted by the flooding and will provide more information about what’s needed and how to sign up soon.

Household Furniture and Supplies Drive

Starting Monday, Oct. 12, Heathwood Helping Hands will be accepting donations of household items of all kinds, ranging from furniture to linens to toiletries and cleaning supplies, for Heathwood families impacted by the flood and for our neighbors in the hard-hit South Beltline community. Volunteers will be collecting donations at the Dining Commons Oct. 12 from 2:30-6:00. For the rest of this week, you can drop off donations any time between the start of school and 6:00 p.m. 

We plan to take donations for the next few weeks but would love to get them as soon as possible, given the severity of the need. 

We welcome donations from anyone, whether a member of the Heathwood community or not. If you do not currently have a child enrolled at Heathwood, just let the guard at the main gate know you’re here to make a donation, and he or she will direct you to the drop-off point.

If you have furniture or other large items that you’d like to donate but can’t easily drop off, take a picture of each item and email it toheathwoodhelpinghands@gmail.com with the subject line “Donation.” The pictures will allow us to compile a virtual inventory, and we’ll make arrangements to come pick your items up as soon as possible.

At this time, we are not taking donations of clothing, books, toys or food, other than the basic pantry staples listed below.

What’s needed (please make sure all items are new or gently used):

Gift cards—drop off with Julie Horton in the Main Office:

—BeBeep or Toys ‘r Us

—Department stores

—Lowes/Home Depot

—Grocery stores




—beds—twin, double, queen, king

—mattresses of all sizes, mattress pads

—Dressers, night stands


—arm chairs

—sofas and love seats

—coffee tables and end tables

—bookcases and other storage

—kitchen tables/dining tables

—dining chairs




Linens and other household goods

—sheets and towels of all sizes

—area rugs

—bath mats

—pillows and pillow cases

—mattress pads

—throw pillows

—comforters and blankets

—coat hangers

—trash cans

—coffee makers

—pots and pans




—kitchen utensils 

—extension cords

—small appliances—blender, toaster oven, microwave etc.

—vacuum cleaner

—kitchen pantry staples—spices, baking powder, salt, cooking oil, etc.

—plastic wrap, aluminum foil, ziplock bags, etc.

—dishtowels, placemats, napkins

—Pyrex sets

—mixing bowls

—kitchen storage—canisters, plastic storage, etc.

—welcome mats


—school supplies

Household supplies

—cleaning products

—paper towels

—toilet paper

—toiletries—shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, deoderant, cottonballs, lotion, etc.

—Dish soap, dish scrubbers

—laundry detergent

—mop and bucket

—laundry baskets

—plastic storage containers

We also need volunteers to help collect, sort and distribute all of these items. You can sign up for volunteer shifts on VolunteerSpot athttp://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/586760992016.

 If you’re able to help collect and distribute bulk items, emailheathwoodhelpinghands@gmail.com, subject line “furniture delivery.”