Little things mean a lot

Operation Tender Loving Care assists with community needs on a one-time or short-term basis through requests from local agencies, such as the Help Hub at the Harrelson Center. The Help Hub is a collaborative outreach program providing short-term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in times of need.







“Again, let me say, WOW!!  The Assistance League has stepped up right when our kids need it most.  Your ($10,000) donation will provide approximately 16,800 meals for our kids at our drive thru or delivered straight to their homes … there will be a lot of full bellies and smiling kids because of y’all.  This gift is particularly helpful because of the challenges we are facing now.”

Steve McCrossan, Executive Director, NourishNC

A husband and wife in their mid-30’s both work part time, but on their biweekly paychecks could afford only two weeks in a hotel.  The other two weeks of the month they lived and slept in a tent in the woods.  She has medical issues with debilitating pain, but scheduled surgery was delayed because of Covid-19.  They contacted the Help Hub for assistance.  Several local nonprofit agencies came together, and they are now in an affordable one room apartment. The apartment building doesn’t have kitchen availability, so the Help Hub reached out to Assistance League and we purchased a refrigerator for their apartment. They are so appreciative to be able to have temperature-controlled food and medicine storage.

Since 2018, Operation Tender Loving Care has served more than ten people through the Help Hub’s referrals.  Each case is carefully reviewed first by the referring agency and then referred to Assistance League.  The situations are unique, and our one-time involvement also is unique.  In 2019, a family with a special-needs child was given a car seat to assist transporting this four-year-old child to her many appointments and services.  We have a limited budget, but we give each referral the utmost consideration.  In 2020 a stove was purchased so a senior woman could continue to cook and eat at home. In 2021, a refrigerator was purchased from Lowe’s for a single mother and her three children.  During the winter months of 2022, backpacks were donated through the Help Hub to the homeless at a shelter.  In 2023, fifteen fans were distributed to Brunswick Family Assistance for use by residents of the trailers have no air conditioning units.

TLC also provided bedding for A Safe Place, which provides housing for survivors of commercial sexual exploration and sex trafficking and the children of survivors.

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008