providing hope for the hurting
Dear Friends and precious supporters of Grateful Hearts, 12/03/22
As 2022 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to wish you a very special Christmas and holiday season! We hope that you are able to spend it celebrating with friends and family, but most importantly, that you are able to celebrate the reason we have Christmas in the first place- to celebrate the birth of Jesus… the savior of the world!
We understand that this past year has been a tough one for many people, but regardless of how dark our circumstances and situations may become, God is always there, awaiting an invitation to light our way more clearly.
God’s faithfulness does not negate seasons of extreme loss and pain, but rather creates a place where joy and grief can coexist. We can feel hopeful for the future while still feeling sad about what has passed. It is not one or the other, it is both AND. The comfort of Heaven doesn’t mean earth won’t feel heavy.
Having said that, you are all now probably aware of the recent changes that GH has experienced recently. After serving the community for twenty four years (as of Dec 1st, 2022) through our extensive distribution programs, we are permanently closing the doors of our warehouse, while continuing to donate multiplied pallets of food, clothing and miscellaneous necessity items to organizations that a;so distribute goods to those in need.
These recent changes are due largely to the recent personal and very deep loss of my sweet husband and greatest champion of “all things GH”, Gene Pietrini… In January of 2021, our family opened the pizza restaurant that Gene had dreamt of for over 30 years! Approximately 7 months later, he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly during back surgery. This left us with the choice to lay his dream down due to his absence, or to work to continue carrying on his legacy… we chose the latter,
Although we have made the decision to close our food distribution center, Grateful Hearts will continue as a non profit to help people in need in different ways. This will include various work programs in community partnership with Pietrini Pizza, along with a developing a working relationship with Homeboy Industries (the largest gang and ex-felon rehabilitation/placement program in the U.S.) Our immediate goal is to employ those who are in desperate need of a second chance, (which at this writing has already begun) along with providing training programs and employment opportunities for adults with special needs.
So as we wrap up this final portion of our 2022 holiday adopt a family Christmas and Holiday meal programs, we want to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas season, and thank you for your generous support throughout the years!
Please know that we at Grateful Hearts will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, and will always be grateful for the years we have partnering together with you for those who are struggling to provide for themselves and their families.
We covet your prayers as we move into the next phase of our operations, and we hope that you will consider continuing your partnership /support of Grateful Hearts as we continue changing lives together.
Director, Grateful Hearts Storehouse
IMPORTANT UPDATE 11/9/2022:
As a result of some very unfortunate and unforseen circumstances, Grateful Hearts is closing down its food distribution warehouse by the end of this year (our 5 year lease is up Dec 1st,2022). We are no longer accepting donations of food, however we will still be providing help to families in need through various programs during the holidays and into the new year, so monetary donations are gratefully appreciated.
Moving forward, our non profit is going to look very differently, however we will still be helping those in need through various work-training and other programs. (details to follow)
We are presently in the process of outfitting a children’s center in Tecate and could use some extra help loading a 42 foot truck that is heading to Mexico this Friday Nov 11 from 9am-3pm.
Additionally, we are holding 6 warehouse sales Wed, Thurs and Sat this week through the week of the 19th from 9am-1 pm (new inventory every day!) We have lots of Christmas decor, furniture, vintage items, home decor, jewelry and more! Sale is located at Grateful Hearts Storehouse – 5420 Katella Ave. Los Alamitos, Ca 90720
Thank you for your support in providing hope for the hurting!!
Blair Pietrini, Director
Locally and internationally
Our mission is to provide hope for the hurting by serving those in need locally and internationally.
We accomplish this through the provision of food, clothing, hygiene products, furniture, appliances, and other basic necessities, free of charge to the jobless, the working poor, the disabled, the elderly and those experiencing times of crisis.
Orange County, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
We facilitate the flow of essential goods
We partner with organizations locally & internationally to facilitate the flow of essential goods to people that are hurting.
We are grateful to our supporters
Founded in 1999, we are an independent non-profit funded exclusively by our private and corporate donors.
New Program Partners:
Freedom Program with Grateful Hearts and Homeboy Industries.
Coming soon 2023– Offering training programs in job skills for formerly incarcerated individuals. Providing employment opportunities and a second chance to those who are struggling to assimilate back into society.