About us

Hearts4Kids strives to create a lasting impact – one family and one child at a time – by expressing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ through works of faith.

We serve “the least of these” (Matthew 25:35-36, 40). With more than 300,000 people living in poverty along the Texas border, we provide ways you can make an impact to the lives of children and families by participating in short-term mission trips or volunteer work with your agency.             

We work with local churches and local agencies to help assess and evaluate each family that receives assistance in order to serve those most vulnerable and in most risk. We serve to empower local churches and agencies to make sure our families receive the most assistance possible to mitigate poverty.

Hearts4Kids serves impoverished communities in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas/Mexico border.  Of the 20 poorest counties in the United States, 10 are located along the border, with the four poorest counties (Starr, Willacy, Hidalgo and Cameron) in the Rio Grande Valley region. 


What we believe

We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are to proclaim the good news of the Gospel along with good works because we are saved for good works. We believe in the autonomy of the church body. We believe that Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the life, and that no a single person can reach the Father except through Jesus Christ, who alone is Lord and Savior. 


How we help

We team with other ministry partners to help improve quality of life through missions projects that vary from construction to providing food and fellowship.  Construction projects range from small jobs (painting and weatherizing homes) to larger projects (roofing, siding, sheetrock and new construction of a small home, a Sunday school classroom, or a church sanctuary). We coordinate projects for all sizes of mission groups and budgets.

Impoverished communities are in urgent need of relief and development.  Border towns are marginalized by governments and local authorities. We seek partners who want to help take part in community development and transformation. We invite you to join the many churches that are already working in the border towns with Hearts4Kids.

We also help plant churches. We believe wholeheartedly that church planting is the work of the Holy Spirit working through the church.

Churches plant churches. Our people are cared for and reached with the love of Christ in areas where there is very little or no religious activities.When people receive assistance and are contacted, relationships are created and people are receptive to the gospel because of relational evangelism. Today we are empowering local churches and ministries to begin the process of organic church plants. We seek “mother churches” to adopt these church plants for spiritual and infrastructural support. If you are interested in listening our our current opportunities to engage with local church plant, please contact Jorge Zapata at 956-873-1537.

Our partners include BGCT/Texas Baptists, Children Hunger Fund, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Texas, First Baptist Church of San Isidro, Hispanic Baptist Convention (Convencion), Iglesia Vino Nuevo of San Carlos, New Wine Church/La Feria, Park Cities Baptist Church of Dallas and The Crossing Church of Mesquite.


Contact us

Write us  |  Hearts4Kids, PO Box 1838,

26421 N. White Ranch Road, La Feria, TX 78559 

Call us  |  956.873.1537

Email us  |  jorgezapata81@yahoo.com


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How to give

We thank you in advance for your financial support. You can donate two ways:

1. You can mail a check to us at Hearts4Kids, 1829 Valley Glen Court, Garland, TX 75040.

Please make checks payable to: Hearts4Kids.

2. Or, you can use a credit card with the secure form below.

Hearts4Kids is a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.