Making an Impact: Today and Tomorrow
John and Debbie Heuer were introduced to the Freestore Foodbank by a very special man, the late Bob Edwards founder and former chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta. His passion was contagious and they soon became invested supporters.
Bob introduced John and Debbie to the Freestore Foodbank but the mission continued to speak to them on a personal level.
“Our belief is that people should have their basic needs met: food, shelter and clothing. To us, not having that is a horrible thing. That is one of the reasons we chose to support the Freestore Foodbank.”
John and Debbie have supported the Freestore Foodbank for about ten years, but two years ago decided to make the organization part of their estate plans. They are dedicated to helping meet the immediate needs but also want to ensure the Freestore Foodbank can continue fighting hunger and poverty for years to come.
Debbie always says “For those who are given much, much is required.” The Heuers have taken that message to heart and put it to action. We are grateful for such dedicated supporters.
Creating a Legacy
Leadership is the gift of sacrifice for the benefit of another, and legacy is the inheritance you create for those who follow. Legacy leadership is possible when you operate outside of comfort, pushing yourself toward dreams that are bigger. Tom and Kathy Kahle embody that commitment and have been authentic and intentional while creating their legacy.
Growing up in Toledo, Tom’s home was open to anyone who needed a meal. His mother would always feed people and there was always an extra plate at the table with plenty of food to go around. Tom recalls how his mother used food to make a connection to their neighbors in need, and he saw the hope in their eyes as they shared a meal. Modeling his mother’s sense of connecting with others, Tom has always believed that food is a basic need and without it people can’t work and kids can’t learn. There is no circumstance or action that justifies hunger. Simply put . . . Hunger is Unacceptable!
Cincinnati has been good to the Kahle family and now that their children are established, Tom and Kathy would like to give back to the community that they have called home. Their children understand the importance for their parents to make gifts through their estate so that they will continue to support organizations that they have been connected to in our community. Tom said, “When Kathy and I decided that we wanted to do something meaningful and positive as our legacy, we talked about what had shaped our lives and how important a charitable gift would be to an organization. We chose charities that have impacted our lives and are consistent and reflective of the values that we strongly believe in. The Freestore Foodbank has made a tremendous impact in the community, is administratively efficient, always has been an outstanding performer and our belief is that everyone should be free of hunger. Those are true motivators for us and that is why we believe in the Freestore Foodbank.”
Tom and Kathy’s legacy will enable their commitment to our community to live on through the great work of the Freestore Foodbank, so that our neighbors in need will continue to receive the Food – Connection – Hope and move towards self-reliance.
Please consider joining all of us in ensuring tomorrow’s harvest.