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Theresa Hart of Newby-Ginnings, Serving Those Who Serve Visit Website

147 E Aqua Circle Unit 2, , Idaho , Dalton Gardens, Id  (208) 660-4601

Newby-ginnings was started in October 2013 from the table of Theresa Hart, a gold star mother. “Many people do not know what that means. Or they think it is something good, an accomplishment, something to strive for. It is not. It is a symbol of the sacrifice that my family made on July 7, 2011 when my son, Nick Newby, was killed when his convoy was ambushed and his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.”

Since opening just eight months ago, Newby-ginnings of North Idaho, Inc. (A nonprofit charitable organization) has been able to provide veterans, active military and Gold Star families with financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions; clothing and cold weather gear; as well as furniture; appliances, kitchenware and other household items. In their first few months they served hundreds of individuals and their families as well as provided 23 children from military families with gift bags stuffed with Christmas goodies.

Newby-ginnings works closely with the community and other service providers to give “Humble support and steadfast honor to those who served and sacrificed.” They are a contact point, service provider, and a resource and referral source to area active Military, Veterans and Gold Star families in need of services.

How can you help? First, be aware of the banner pictured above and what the different colored stars symbolize. There are three different stars to look out for:

Blue Star – means a family member is currently serving in the military
Silver Star – replaces a blue star if a family member is injured while serving
Gold Star – replaces a blue star if a family member is killed while serving
Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Newby-ginnings accepts all clean, functional household items. Everything from socks to sofas, forks to fridges. Anything someone would need to make his or her life a little more comfortable. A lot of the items are things we take for granted everyday – towels, sheets, oven mitts, coffee makers. Each of these things are expensive when you have little to no money or are on a fixed income and food, rent or utilities must be the priority. Theresa shared, “It feels good to know they leave here with some small comforts and self-respect. They always want to thank me. I have a hard time with that. I want to thank them for playing a part in making it possible for me to get out of bed in the morning, step outside without fear and strive to reach my full potential.”

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