Sunday, June 16, 2024

419 Cares Brings Hope to the Homeless

419 Cares, a local non-profit part of Christ United Methodist Church community outreach ministry, is working to provide necessities to community members in need.

Every Sunday from 11 a.m, to 1 p.m., the non-profit meets at Uptown Green Park, located in downtown Toledo, to distribute free food, clothing, shoes, groceries and other needed essentials to Toledoans. 

“It’s so much more than the food and essential needs,” Karen Peterson, co-founder of 419 Cares said. “We build hope.”

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Like many other large American cities, the Glass City has a major homelessness problem. According to the Lucas County Homelessness Board,  estimation of 1600+ people are suffering from homelessness right now in Toledo, including children. 

“(We) provide good meal for homeless down there, and less fortunate, coffee, drinks,” Tiffany Kern, a volunteer with 419 Cares told NBC24, “but we also just provide too, a sense of community for them.” 

November is not just a time to be thankful for what you have, but to also give to those less fortunate. 

“November is giving month, so November 28th is giving Tuesday so pick your favorite charity and please, please give,” Randy Loeffler, another 419 cares volunteer told 13ABC.  

There are several ways to donate to 419 Cares, but particularly you can make a monetary donation by visiting and change ‘give to general fund’ to ‘give to 419cares’. 

You can also donate to the cause by shopping their Amazon Wish List.  

There is no shortage of need and volunteers are needed to continue providing these essential needs to community members.  

“There’s a need out there and I encourage everybody to listen to your heart and see if there’s something that you can do,” David Berghian, a 419 Cares volunteer, told 13ABC. “Your talent or your time maybe, just follow your heart.” 

For more information about 419Cares or to ways to get involved with the organization, visit


Donation sites, ways and what to donate:
  • Oregon Intersection Church 1640 Coy Rd at Brown Rd. 9:30 AM – 2 PM Monday – Friday
  • Oregon Christ United Methodist Church 5757 Starr Ave ext at Stadium
  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge 14000 OH-2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449 Wednesday – Sunday 10AM – 4PM
  • Toledo Hemp Center 4925 Jackman Rd, Toledo, OH 43613 Sun-Fri 10AM-6PM, Sat 10AM-5PM
  • C-N Construction Supplies Inc. 1625 Tracy Street Toledo, OH 43605 Mon-Fri 8AM-4PM *Mayfly Tavern 4532 N Summit St, Toledo, OH 43611 Sun-Sat 11AM – 2AM
  • Premier Academy 1630 Market Place Dr. Maumee, Ohio 43537 Mon-Fri 11AM – 7PM *Anthony Wayne Chiropractor in Whitehouse 10345 Waterville Rd aka RT 64 Monday 8AM–12PM 2–6PM Tuesday 2–6PM Wednesday 8AM–12PM 2–6PM Thursday 8AM–12PM 2–6PM Friday 8AM–12PM Saturday Closed Sunday Closed
  • Wheelin on the Rocks 1515 Laskey Rd Toledo Tuesday 1PM–12AM Wednesday 1PM–2:30AM Thursday 1PM–2:30AM Friday 1PM–2:30AM Saturday 1PM–2:30AM Sunday 1–11PM Monday Closed
  • Ohio Liquidation Pros at 720 Illinois avenue suite F , Maumee, Oh 43537 Monday 5PM-8PM Tuesday 5PM-8PM Wednesday CLOSED Thursday CLOSED Friday CLOSED Saturday 11AM -3PM Sunday 11AM – 3PM
We accept gently used adults clothes and shoes (*weather specific based on season), hats, gloves, blankets, tents, tarps, coats, backpacks, travel size hygiene products (*shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, lotion) , toilet paper, wipes, reading glasses / sunglasses, eye drops, hand warmers, razors, feminine products, chapstick *Items to help us serve paper products to go food containers with lids (soup bowls with lids, 4oz portion containers with lids, clamshell, hot cups with lids, regular cups) plastic forks, plastic spoons, sandwich bags and napkins.

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