Talent Stories

Reports from members of our congregation who used a “talent” of $10 given to them for the purpose of blessing the world:

  • Hello Outreach Committee, Thank you so much for your generous donation of $3000 to the church community on Talent Sunday. I multiplied the Talent I received this past Sunday by 10 and donated $100 to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter today. I look forward to hearing more stories about how your donation will benefit others. Again, thank you so much for your generosity.
  • We and I used our Talents to support Nancy Pape’s participation in an Immigration Law Conference in Mexico. Nancy is chair of the NHUCC Immigration and Refugee Support Group and visits detainees regularly at the Stafford Detention Center. She assists detainees in filing legal documents, obtaining council if appropriate, facilitates contact with their families and more. This conference will help improve her Spanish and help her be more effective in helping immigrants and refugees.
  • Gave my Hamilton to Penny Pickers!
  • We decided to match our collected Talents of $40, and donate a total of $80 to the Children’s Home of Nashua. Thank you for inspiring us to think about how and who we may help with our Talents, year-round!
  • Hello all. I thought I would share my Talent giving story. Last Saturday afternoon I had to go to Market Basket just to pick up a couple of items. It was busy as usual. The 20 or less line was long. When I got in line, I was behind a rough looking gentleman who had 8 to 10 essential items in his cart along with a couple of boxes and a back pack. He saw that I only had two items and let me go in front of him. After I paid for my items, I gave the girl at the register my $10 and said to put it towards his bill. He was shocked and shook my hand and asked my name. He then asked me for contact information so he could thank me again. I declined. I am not sure if he was homeless, but he looked it. I felt good the rest of the day. BTW, earlier in the day I bought $10.00 of popcorn from the boy scouts and said to myself this was my Talent giving. But, the opportunity at the grocery store was better. So, you got me twice!
  • Hello Members of Outreach, Happy to report that we  along with my mother-in-law  used our Talents to help purchase the book, Polar Express and 4 tickets to ride the Polar Express in White River Junction VT.  We then donated the book and tickets to the Silent Auction for the Holiday Fair. We are hoping to bring joy to a family of 4 and even greater joy to members of our community who benefit from the pastoral fund through the fair donations. Thank you for this opportunity.
  • I wanted to let you know that the MAD students and advisors turned their $140 in Talents into $678 profit to go to the Mission Trip Fund. I will write up an article for the bulletin and the newsletter. Are our kid’s great or what!!!
  • When we attended church a couple weeks ago my husband and I were each given $10.00 for the Talent Sunday. We gave our money to an African American Senior Citizen robbed of $39.00 by three teenagers at knife point.
  • I gave my $10 Talent to an elderly, slumped-over man who was sitting in a wheelchair outside the Greenbrier Nursing Home.  Even though he was not quite upright, he waved to cars as they drove by this morning.  I drove into the parking lot, got out of the car, and walked over to him, telling him that he was so cheerful and thoughtful to wave at people driving by.  I asked him if he could use $10, to which he replied, “I would love to buy some socks to wear with these boots that I have on. They have them at the gift shop.  God bless you for this gift.” I was on my way to Trader Joe’s anyway, so I bought some cookies for him, which I brought to him this afternoon.  He was so grateful that I thought of him. This was a good mission all around, as both he and I felt happy with this encounter.
  • I quintupled my Talent and sent it to my cousin, Norman Bendroth, the interim minister at the Wakefield First Baptist Church, whose building was destroyed by fire (I draw the distinction because the people are that church and they were not destroyed!), to use as he sees fit to help them rebuild, regroup or recover.
  • We used our $50 of Talents and bought food for the children of End 68 Hours of Hunger. My kids couldn’t believe that some kids didn’t have meals to eat except for what they got at school. It was a great teaching moment. The kids were excited to pick out food for donating and they even donating some of their own money along with the $10 they each received. My husband  and I donated extra as well. What a great experience!
  • I took my Talent and my personal funds to donate to Meals Matters whose mission is to bring  a permanent end to “No Money, No Food” at Nashua HS South by providing improved access to school lunches to all students learning through proper nutrition.  And the Santa Fund which assists low income families so they are able to enjoy the Christmas Season.  This program benefits Front Door Agency, Salvation Army in Nashua and SHARE outreach in Milford
  • Hi, our family decided to use the money given to help other people in need. With one envelope we bought ingredients and made several dinner meals for some families we know who are currently undergoing difficult times due to unexpected medical issues and/or emergency. Multiple meals were made to be eaten fresh and/or frozen.
  • With the other envelope, we have donated the money to be further used as part of a group project this holiday season. The effort is a joint task, and the result is “chemo” bags that will go to oncology patients at a local hospital. Inside the bags are little things like socks, blankets, lotion etc. to help these patients feel a little more comfortable while enduring such a horrible illness. Please post our “Talent” anonymously. It was an honor to participate in this project. Thank you!
  • My family and I combined our Talents and we were able to make three Birthday Bags for the Wish Project out of Chelmsford, MA. A Birthday Bag is a “party in a bag” and these bags are given to children that might not otherwise get a birthday cake. Each bag contained a cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins, cutlery and candles. My wife and I appreciated the lesson from this and we enjoyed teaching our daughter the lesson of giving.
  • I’ve added $65 to make a $75 donation to Budget Buddies an organization that coaches low income women on financial literacy and basic financial management.
  • Hi Outreach team! Just wanted to update you on how we used the Talents! We pooled our Talents and added some more of our own money and used it to make a micro-loan to a group of women in the Dominican Republic who run a clothing store.  They will use the loan to purchase a vehicle to help obtain and deliver the goods they sell.   When the loan is repaid, we will re-invest the funds in another micro-loan.  We used the ‘KIVA’ micro-loan lending site.
  • Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give my 10.00 to the Mary Kay foundation as a donation.
  • A former neighbor of mine when I lived in Hudson suffered a stroke several month ago. I will use my “Talent” to take her to lunch.  It will be fun for both of us to catch up.
  • I would like to donate to First Church Missions.
  • Contributed the Talent to Crop Walk along with other donations collected from sponsors.  Total $810 for crop walk.
  • I multiplied my Talent by 33% and mailed a check for thirty-five dollars to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Added $20 and bought PJs and a coat for a clothing drive at my daughter’s company.
  • Visited a Modesto, CA church that hosts Family Promise (like First Church did prior to Anne Marie House).  Used the initial $10 and with my 6 year old cousin, picked out items for the family.  It was wonderful to see him figure out what was best for this unknown family.  He was very pleased to deliver this blessing bag to the church.  In additional we added our own funds to create 3 blessing bags (cost, $33) for the local homeless in Modesto.  We picked them as the spirit moved us.  Their appreciation of the bags touched our hearts. (For example, in bag was socks, water, jerky, chap stick, $5 McDonalds gift certificate, protein bars, snacks).
  • Best $10 I ever spent!  Four of us pooled our Talents ($40) which we spent on postage for invitations to 100 (32 attended) diverse First Church members for two nights of Crazy Whist.  In addition to fun and fellowship we asked for free will donations for the UCC’s NH Horton Center.  Our generous donors turned our $40 to $1495 with more donations promised.  Some who couldn’t’ come still donated.
  • I took my $10 Talent, added another $10 and donated $20 to St Joseph Community Services – Meals on Wheels.
  • We are combining our First Church Talents and contributing $30 of our own to give $50 to the Meals for Kids program sponsored by the Nashua Soup Kitchen.  The $50 total is $10 for each of our five grandchildren in their honor!
  • Donated to Crop Walk.
  • I sent $50 to the Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.  The community fund expands jobs and economic opportunities for the people of the Lakota Tribe in the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
  • My Talent was given to support the Shriner’s Hospital.
  • I gave it to a homeless veteran who was standing at the corner of Kinsley and Main Streets.  He said, “Thank you, sweetheart.  God Bless.”
  • Provide a Thanksgiving basket for a family including a grocery gift card ($100).
  • My family and I added $30 to the $10 to make $40 and gave it to the Thank You Project.
  • I sent my Talent to my daughter and her family.  I added money so the family could buy extra groceries, or pay medical bills.  Thank you for helping us help others.
  • I made a gift basket and baked goods for the Church Fair.
  • I combined my $10 Talent to my contribution to the United Way of Greater Nashua. This contribution will help make Christmas happy for children in need.
  • I bought clothes for a child whose parents are out of work – jeans, shirts, socks.
  • Purchased food for End 68 Hours of Hunger.
  • I gave my Talent to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.
  • I knit for church charities.  I bought yarn with the Talent.
  • I’m using my $10 to buy bread ingredients to make a loaf of bread for each Thanksgiving Basket.
  • Spanish Immersion Immigrant Law Conference.
  • I combined my Talent with some of my own money to buy a bunch of handmade mittens at our fair.  I will put them on our mitten tree this winter and they will, in turn, end of warming the hands of some needy children who live in our area.
  • I added extra money to my $10 and ordered honey bees through The Heifer Project.
  • I used my Talent to buy food and prepare home-cooked dinners for a co-worker who just had a cancer related surgery.
  • I used my $10 Talent plus my own $10 and contributed to the Crop Walk.
  • Matched the tithe and sponsored Diane Matthes for the Crop Walk.  Thank you, Diane, for all the steps you take to make teaching both a joy and easy!
  • We multiplied our Talent to support the mission trips of First Church.
  • We multiplied our Talents to support the all important church fair – $100.
  • Together with my $90 I am going to the Crazy Whist party at the Darrin’s and donating my money to the Horton Center.
  • We combined $30 with the $30 we received and donated $60 to CharityWater.org.
  • I go to Hannaford’s Supermarket for my food.  As soon as I entered the store I saw a huge pile of boxes each containing over 20 lbs of food for the needy.  The box price was $10!  This was my answer to the church $10 Talent investment.  I felt that God was definitely at work here.  1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
  • I was going to the soup kitchen to give the $10. I stopped into Hannaford’s to pick up some items.  Going in I noticed a large pile of boxes to help feed the hungry each for $10!  I decided that this was a good way to invest the #10.  Each box weighed over 20lbs filled with food.  Hannaford’s apparently has a process for distributing the purchased boxes of food to the needy.  I did my small part according to Matthew 25:23.
  • Combined $30 and added more to it and made donation to Sundance Farm in Inman, Kansas.  They rescue abused and handicapped animals (she’s a non-profit and relies on donations).  She takes the smaller animals (mini horses, goats, etc.) to nursing homes and to visit handicapped children as well as having them come to the farm to interact with the animals.  She passes love on through these special God’s creatures.
  • I contributed my Talent to the Café Agape at the United Methodist Church.
  • My husband , my son and  I combined our $10’s to give $30 to Dana Farber.  Our son wanted to  help kids with cancer.  I submitted a match with my company for a total $60 donation.
  • I have a friend named Dave and he has MD.  I am donating my and my dad’s Talent and we each matched our Talents for $20 and each put in an extra $20 for a cure and him and others with MD.
  • I used my “$10 Talent” money plus $20 of mine to purchase cards and stamps to send sympathy and “thinking of you” to send to congregation members.
  • I gave my $10 to the Thanksgiving baskets at First Church.
  • Gave it to the Third Grade Heifer Project
  • I gave my $10 to the director of the Humane Society  to help cats.
  • 3 Guidepost subscriptions sent to veterans @ $10 each- $10 matched x2
  • We donated Celtics tickets to the Wish Project in Lowell, Cash n Cars food pantry in Tilton and Jen Guereckis Fund.  Total value $450.
  • The custodian at my school is working to become a pastor and has fallen on hard times.  Connor and I took our Talents and doubled them and gave them to him in the form of a Walmart gift card, anonymously.
  • We combined out Talents and bought a gift card to Wendy’s for a homeless veteran who is always at Exit 6
  • Sponsored a walker for the Leukemia and lymphoma Walk and multiplied the gift by 10 for $100.
  • Took our son to buy food for End 68 Hours of Hunger
  • At first I was going to find a hungry looking person and offer to buy him or her a quarter pounder with cheese, fries and a drink.  But that person never materialized or I didn’t look hard enough.  So instead, I thought a better idea would be to give the $10 to Habitat for Humanity.  They put the money toward giving a home to homeless families.  That will in turn mean that there will be less stress on the family with young children.  And less stressed parent’s mean happier and healthier  children  which ultimately means  more success  in life for  them which cumulatively and hopefully results in happier  and healthier communities with more to offer  each other.  I thought this might have some of that multiplier effect we are looking for.
  • I added $20 to the Talent and gave it to a high school student who is raising  money to pay for a school trip to learn about Peruvian culture.
  • 5 of us pooled our Talents and added some to do the following:
    • Purchased a coupon book from kids from the Light House Baptist Church for a mission trip.
    • Purchased and gave tickets to a mom and her 2 kids through the Front Door to see a local children’s play.
    • Purchased item (puzzles, playing cards, lip balm, pill organizers, markers, labels lotion, etc. for the United Way’s Shoebox Program for seniors.
    • Purchased socks, diapers and underwear and gently used clothes to the Pass Along Project, a local group that supports Foster Care Families.  They assemble clothes bundles to give to a foster family when a child first arrives as it is often immediate and the children usually come to the home with little or nothing. I read an article about this group and met someone whose family fosters and learned of their need.
  • We have added another $80 to the $20 that we were given and we made a $100 donation to the  Madison Wisconsin, Mari Program so that they may save  more lives  with Narcan, and help transform  those who suffer  with addiction to return to a productive file, free from the addiction that overtook them.  One dose of Narcan cost $38, treatment costs a lot more.  It is our hope and our prayer that even one person is granted another chance.  We do this in Mollie Claire Van Wagner’s name and spirit.  Even as she struggled, she herself helped her friends beat dedication to heroin, though she was taken by it just as she was turning 30 years old.  Our niece, beloved, loving spirits.  we miss her so.
  • May God put this gift to its intended use, and may Mollie Claire rest in peace with God, free now from her earthly burdens of pain.   Amen
  • The Talent was given to friend for gas money to visit her husband in a nursing home in Goffstown.
  • Our Talent provided a Thanksgiving Basket.
  • John and I combined our $20 in Talents and added it to the Breakfast Exchange Club’s clothing shopping spree to buy $70 worth of clothes for one low include senior in need.
  • Quintupled with my family’s resources and donated top RAICES to help reunite migrant children separated from their families.
  • When a Marine in the Middle East wrote that some of his buddies did not have a Bible, and very much needed some help to obtain them, I knew this is where I wanted to use my Talent to help.  So by tripling the amount given me, I am now able to provide more than 7 Bibles for these most deserving young men and women.
  • I am doing this in memory of my Marine husband and hope it may bring some strength and peace to the recipients.
  • The $10 turned to $20 and I bought four $5.00 Dunkin cards.  I will give them to four people in need.
  • It was multiplied to become a $25 donation to Charles Okorie’s Thank You water project.
  • I gave an apple crisp for the Mission Trip to a widowed friend.
  • Another day, I baked from a friend who has to wait 6 weeks for her new oven.
  • On Sunday afternoons, we take our widowed friend out for an ice cream cone.
  • I try to do any little things I can to help others in need.
  • Purchased flower bouquets for 2 neighbors going through chemo.  Flowers always brighten a patient’s day.
  • I multiplied my Talent by 15 and donated $150 to Sharedhumanityusa.org  whose mission is to serve those displaced  by war and persecution , notable the refugees in Lesvos, Greece.  Our daughter-in-law  initiated this organization.
  • I matched the amount ( and maybe added a little) and plan to pay for a woman’s memorial ring for her 20 moth old baby who passed away.  And donated a meal box at Hannaford.
  • I used my Talent by giving it to the  Humane Society and all the pets in need.
  • I used my Talent by giving it to the  Humane Society
  • We used it to do the Thanksgiving Basket for  our first time.
  • The minister’s discretionary fund benefits from the Talent which multiplied in value.  Prepared something new which sold out, in addition to usual donation.  My daughter helped.
  • Our family combined our Talents together (440).  We matched the amount and donated $80 to End 68 hours of Hunger.
  • I donated my Talent to the Thanksgiving Basket Project.
  • I took a neighbor, who recently lost his wife to cancer, out to breakfast.
  • I matched my Talent and purchased food for End 68 Hours of Hunger.
  • I pooled with other money and sent a contribution to the greater Nashua Humane Society.
  • We added to our Talents and purchased a goat  via the Heifer Project.
  • Added $300 and contributed to Team RWB, whose mission is to enrich the lives of American Veterans by connecting them to their community.
  • We doubled our Talents and sent it to Heifer to provide sustainable living for families.
  • I gave my Talent to the Children’s Huck Fund in her school.
  • Heifer!
  • I donated my $10 to Kitty Angels
  • Our family put our money together to buy a gift card for a family who is going through a very hard time.
  • We bought $40 worth of groceries for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.
  • I gave my Talent and $100 more to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.
  • I took the $10 and doubled it and bought food for the Food Pantry.
  • I combined my Talent with a friend to participate in the Heifer International project, a project which provides needy families around the world with livestock and management training, a stepping stone to self-sufficiency and a way to end hunger.
  • Donated $60 to Home Base Veteran and Family Care
  • I donated my Talent to Kitty Angels because they helped all 6 of the cats I have had in my lifetime.
  • I used my gift and doubled it to buy 2 food boxes at Hannaford’s

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