Nerds on parade

In our line of work, the thrill of the hunt is finding stuff that our nonprofit partners want and then giving it to them. It’s a good thing to give people what they want. So our warehouse is in a constant state of flux. This is what it looked like in late December, after the…

What Christmas looks like

We don’t often brag on ourselves, but we got the  nicest letter from the Mental Health Cooperative and thought we’d share part of it. Evelyn Yeargin, the director of advocacy, writes: “The holiday gifts the Community Resource Center donated to Mental Health Cooperative’s consumers serviced around 200-300 consumers. MHC staff was very happy to wrap…

Ice skating at CRC

Baby, it’s cold outside. It seems even colder when you work in a warehouse which you refuse to heat because you’re just too cheap (except when Betsy begins to turn blue and I relent for health reasons only). Southerners are not noted for their enthusiasm over cold weather. But with 19-degree weather we have snow…

This is what we want for Christmas

Sometimes when visitors come to CRC and find an empty warehouse, they’re not too impressed with what we do. But an empty warehouse is precisely the point, because if there’s nothing much in the warehouse that means our “stuff”  is in the hands of people who need it. This is what our warehouse looks like…

And more volunteers

Now here’s an efficient volunteer. Sydney was asked to sort coloring books and what better way to do that but to get in the box for extra scrutiny. Sydney was one of a group of volunteers who spent their weekend at CRC helping us get ready for the giveaway. Some of them were Betsy’s friends…

We love our volunteers

The first day of the Christmas Giveaway has been one of the easiest ever and it’s all because of our wonderful volunteers. Over the weekend, Betsy marshaled a small army of volunteers to come to the warehouse to sort giveaway items and start making the piles for each agency to pick up. We do this…

T minus eight and counting

For me, Christmas always comes early. For three days in early December, Betsy and I give away what will become Christmas for a lot of people less fortunate than ourselves. It is the best three days of the year. This year, smart little button that she is, Betsy did a survey of all our partner…

Nardos

Nardos Matusala has been coming to CRC for a long time. She works for a nonprofit, Quality Living, that provides services for people with special needs. I’d always wondered about Nardos’ accent, but until this week I didn’t know the dramatic story that has been her life. Nardos was born in Eritrea, a country in…

The girls from Bedford County

Mary, Robin, Leta and Joyce are the girls from Bedford County. We just love them. They all run different nonprofits, but they’re all in each other’s business.  Joyce is the heart of Caregiver’s Relief, which helps people who have to take care of relatives with long-term memory issues such as Alzheimer’s. Mary and Leta help…

Go Eagles!

If you’re in need of a lump-in-your-throat, three-hankie post, this just in from Joan Anderson, an administrator at Project Reflect, one of CRC’s partner nonprofits. Project Reflect, co-founded by Sister Sandra Smithson, just started a middle school this year to pair with its elementary school. 2009 was the inaugural year of the middle school’s football…