Once homeless, she now gives back to those in need

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Derry, Ohio – Since the beginning of this year, Miranda Heard has spent her time and salary on serving others month after month.

She makes sack lunches — dozens at a time — and drives around to deliver food to the homeless.

“Usually I make 50. But last time I had 50, and I have more people. So now I am doing 100 times,” said Hurd, 64, with potato chips, biscuits and water bottles piled around. At her home in Delhi town. “When I see it grow, I will grow with it.”

I heard that all this was done under the sponsorship of her non-profit organization called “Praise These Hands”, but she does not have a 501(c)(3) status, nor can she provide tax relief for donations.

Therefore, although she plans to sell T-shirts and other items to raise funds for her work, she said that so far, she has been paying for all the food she prepares and packs every month.

Miranda Heard plans to sell T-shirts and zipper bags to raise funds for her efforts.

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Miranda Heard plans to sell T-shirts and zipper bags to raise funds for her efforts.

She said she did this because she was homeless when she left Cincinnati for Los Angeles in 2013. She lives in a shelter in a slum, where she is back on track with the help of the joint rescue team and the downtown women’s center.

She returned to Cincinnati in 2017 to pack and ship items for customers full-time. She said that now she is determined to give back to the society and help those struggling. In addition, Heard said, in any case, she does not think that her salary is hers.

“It’s not my money,” she said. “This is the Lord’s money.”

‘Amazing toughness’

Joe Altepeter, chief social enterprise officer of the Downtown Women’s Center, said he was not surprised to hear Hurd’s work here.

He said that he remembered when she participated in the center’s vocational training program.

“It was amazing to see her,” he said. “I don’t know much about her personal story about homelessness. But I just saw this amazing man with amazing tenacity.”

He said the center helped Hurd find a retail job after completing the program, and she became an advocate for the organization. She even accompanied Altepeter in an interview on the Los Angeles TV station KTLA 5 to talk about the significance of the downtown women’s center to her.

Miranda Heard breaks down chicken into chicken salad.

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Miranda Heard breaks down chicken into chicken salad.

“We actually got a $25,000 gift from a lady who saw Miranda on the news show and was surprised by the story she shared,” Altepeter said. “She has a great way to attract people.”

He said that Heard often talked about returning to Cincinnati, and she called him for advice before starting her non-profit organization.

“She talked about wanting to give back where she received it,” he said.

And this is exactly what Hurd is doing now.

‘I want to give’

On a recent morning, she set up a folding table in the living room, with rows of paper bags, boxes of French fries and biscuits next to her, and dozens of water bottles nearby.

She washed her hands, put on plastic gloves, and began to scoop a large piece of chicken into a large plastic container, and then cut it into small pieces.

“I’m going to make two chicken salads,” she said. “I’m going to make one with onions and green peppers. I don’t add one, because, look, I know what people are like.”

She said that some people don’t like onions and peppers, and she hopes those who get her food can also enjoy them.

“Now, it’s just providing food for the homeless,” she said. “This has nothing to do with me. It’s about homeless people.”

She said that Heard has the ability to make and distribute lunch once a month, but she hopes to expand.

“I just want to help, nothing more. I want to give it,” she said, smashing the chicken nuggets. “I’m thinking, would they like it? I thought, I wish I could do more. Looking at it now, I have limited funds. But I always save enough money to do this.”

Miranda Heard delivered such a box of food to Santa Maria Community Services. This box contains ramen, cereal bars, peanut butter and other non-perishable foods.

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Miranda Heard delivered such a box of food to Santa Maria Community Services.

She did more than that.

Hurd said that people gave her a box of food, and then she distributed the food to families in need. She said that after seeing reports about the agency on the news, she began to hand them over to the Santa Maria Community Service Center for distribution.

“Miranda came to our office unexpectedly on Friday and she told me she had received all these food boxes. She wanted to give it to us,” said Francesca Felice, the case manager of the Santa Maria Stable Family Project. “I think within a week, all 17 boxes are gone.”

She said the boxes were filled with non-perishable foods, such as ramen noodles, peanut butter and cereal bars, which the families served by Santa Maria were eager for them.

‘I’m making it happen’

“This is significant because some of them are just living, you know, one dollar for one dollar,” Phyllis said. “If we can give them food so they don’t have to spend it at the grocery store, it will really help their budget.”

Francesca Felice smiled in this photo. She has wavy red hair and wears a crisp, hanging gold earring.

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Francesca Felice

Hurd said she wanted to do more.

She said that she hopes to be able to prepare and distribute lunches more frequently, and hope that one day she can own a food truck to provide hot food to the homeless.

She dreams of being able to distribute soap, T-shirts, socks and even sneakers.

But for now, Hurd said that she is listening to the Lord and doing her best.

“It’s difficult, but I’m working hard,” she said. “I don’t have Jack. But I have a master. And this is the most important thing to me. Blessed.”

Along the way, she listened to the stories of those who were hurt, men and women experienced some of the struggles she made while living in Los Angeles.

“I told my people in California that I would buy me some clown shoes,” Hurd said. “Wearing ordinary shoes, when you hear these stories, you will swell. Your feet hurt, your heart hurts, your heart hurts. So I think I will buy me some clown shoes, I can put them all in, you knowledge.”

Hearing this thought, Hurd laughed and said, “I’m just that stupid.”

She said that she likes to laugh, almost as if she likes to give back.

Miranda Heard lined up dozens of paper bags to prepare lunch.

Lucy May | World Intellectual Property Organization

Miranda Heard lined up dozens of paper bags to prepare lunch.

Miranda Heard said that she welcomes donations to help praise the work of these hands, but these donations are not tax-deductible. For more information, please email mirandaheard1957@gmail.com.

Charity stories appear on WCPO 9 news and WCPO.com every week. If you know of a kind deed that you think should be emphasized, please send an email to lucy.may@wcpo.com.


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