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Heritage Hills Orphan Ministry has a chance at $10,000

A Brookhaven non-profit organization has a chance to win $10,000.

Heritage Hills Orphan Ministry has been chosen by the Brown Bottling Group in its “Pick your Charity Promotion.”

Brown Bottling Group of Ridgeland is a franchise distributor for Pepsi Cola and Dr Pepper beverages.

The orphan care advocacy organization, which helps find homes for orphans, is competing against Iona House and It Still Takes A Village. Voting started July 5 and will continue through Aug. 1. To vote go to www.browngroup.net/charity.

Misty Holcomb and her husband Sammy were first led to orphan ministry through the adoption of their youngest son. 

“We believe every child deserves to experience the love of a family and the love of Christ,” said Holcomb, co-founder of Heritage Hills Orphan Ministry. “Our part in that is to advocate for a community to come together and support orphans. We hope our ministry will spark conversations between friends and families about what part they can play in helping reduce the number of orphans in the world.”

They started their organization in 2014.

“We desire to create a movement of people caring for orphans by establishing small family centered children’s homes, supporting organizations that care for orphans, advocating for adoption, and providing adoption grants to families adopting both locally and internationally,” she said.

In February 2015, Heritage Hills partnered with an organization in Honduras to construct a children’s home. They broke ground in September that year and finished the project last month.

“The home will create an environment with a family-like atmosphere where the children’s needs are the first order of importance,” Holcomb said. “Children will be given the opportunity to grow and flourish, to become educated and be given an opportunity to learn the teachings of the Bible.”

Holcomb said her passion is to serve those in need in Mississippi and around the world.

“We want to see the number of orphans in the world decrease. In order to accomplish this goal, we need people and communities to commit to this mission and actively promote orphan care,” said Holcomb.

Photo submitted/Misty and Sammy Holcomb, founders of Heritage Hills Orphan Ministry, hold a poster showing the square footage of the children’s home that was completed in June.