Liberating the Soul

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  ~Maya Angelou I can’t believe I’ve been at CRC for a whole year! Time flies when you’re having fun, and what we do is fun.  Every month we get to give stuff away to our nonprofit partners. It’s like being…

Oyster Easter: The kick-off to silly season

Nashville is a party town and there’s no better party to start off the season than Oyster Easter. Oyster Easter was started 48 years ago by a guy named Dudley Warner who was a Vanderbilt student at the time. Some of his buddies couldn’t get home for Easter so he decided to create a party…

Volunteers Make Life Easier

So far 2010 has been a great year for CRC! We’ve gotten donations of everything from office furniture to cases of green pants – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  We’ve also been blessed with some awesome new volunteers.      Jason is one of our favorite volunteers. He comes into the warehouse and within…

Not allowed

We have very nice warehouse space for an industrial area. Quiet street, except for the cement plant across the way that sounds a siren every time the conveyer belts rev up to pour cement. Fine dining establishments such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and the Sonic just up the road. Heck, we even have a lovely view…

Looks like a Picasso to us

Betsy and I just love presents. We are blessed to receive, from time to time, sweet potatoes from someone’s garden or a jar of chocolates at Christmas. Our nonprofit partners are like family to us and we’re glad they feel the same. But it’s truly special when we get a gift made by the people…

Socks

Today we gave away socks, really good heavy duty socks. We gave away blankets and we gave away gloves. Della Baker from the Mental Health Cooperative was telling me yesterday that case workers go out to seek their homeless clients to give them something to drink, a snack and a pair of socks. “They never…

God boxes

It is a bitterly cold day, this first day of the January Giveaway. But the first people to arrive (aside from Johnny Webb, the pastor from Kingdom Vision, who is always here bright and early) before 9 a.m. is John Smith from the Community Outreach Partnership of Bedford County. It’s a brand new organization and…

Going green…very green

Someone has manufactured a large, large number of extremely large green pants. We were touring one of our partner agencies last week when our guide opened the door to an office filled with boxes of the aforementioned pants. They had been donated. There were not enough large green-pant-loving people for the agency to give them…

The tree of life

We are the “supply line” to troops battling on the front lines. We like to visit with our partner agencies to see first hand the struggles they contend with every day. Yesterday, we went to the Room In The Inn, a program that serves chronically homeless people. It was inspiring, to say the least. Room…

And best of all, it’s free!

If you’re a nonprofit looking for some free labor, check out the Community Service arm of Metro Courts. They have a free pool of folks who have to do court-ordered community service. You can use them for pretty much anything – cleaning up neighborhoods, doing minor repairs, cleaning up after fund-raising events. We’re going to…