Lending Hands by Reaching out with 4,700 Care Kits

“Thanks to our incredibly generous workforce, as well as our business partners and others in the community, this holiday giving campaign exceeded our wildest expectations,” said James Hecht, COO at Stearns Lending, who also serves on the HomeAid America Board of Directors. “Our goal was to provide 2,300 Care Kits, and we succeeded in producing nearly double that number. In addition, hundreds of Stearns employees donated items and volunteered their time. It was a powerful demonstration that the ‘I can help you’ culture at Stearns includes making a positive difference in the lives of others.”


During the Lending Hands for HomeAid campaign:

  • Nearly 30,000 Care Kit items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, granola bars, bar soap and travel-size shampoo, were donated by employees, business partners and others. All Stearns locations had collection boxes to drop off donated Care Kit items.
  • At six regional locations donated items were assembled into Care Kits by Stearns team members. Each Care Kit included a notecard letting the homeless recipient know that he or she is not forgotten during the holidays and throughout the year. The Stearns team members presented Care Kits at 10 HomeAid affiliated shelters nationwide.
  • In certain locations, including Vancouver, Washington, employees drove the streets and delivered Care Kits directly to the homeless in their communities.
At HomeAid headquarters in Orange, California, packing items into Care Kits became an impromptu holiday gathering for employees located at the Company’s Santa Ana headquarters. “While packing items for the Kits, we were quite literarily lending a hand to those folks who are marginalized and homeless during the holidays,” said Brian Hale, CEO at Stearns, who joined the packing party in Orange. “I was overwhelmingly proud of our team members and their spirit of giving back to the communities where we live and work.”

Stearns is currently a Bronze level sponsor of HomeAid America, proudly championing the organization’s mission of: Building new lives for America’s homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.

HomeAid is a leading national nonprofit provider of housing for today’s homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America’s homeless families and individuals through local chapters in 17 markets across the country, each working with the local building industry to give back to the community. To learn more about the group’s work including community outreach and volunteer opportunities, visit

- By Michael Kearney, Dec 19, 2016