By the books

CRC has more than 90 nonprofit partners that need us for everything from personal hygiene products to new clothing to basic household necessities for their clients. Not every nonprofit agency is a good fit with CRC. But that doesn’t mean The Chicks can’t find a way to make a mutually beneficial relationship work. Take Book…

The best mission statement ever

One of our nonprofit partners is the Emmanuel Family Life Center in Clarksville. It’s an outreach of the First Missionary Baptist Church and their mission statement on Facebook just made me smile. It’s long, but it’s so worth reading. “We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt…

How much can you fit in one truck?

How about so much that the only space left is taken up by the movers and our nonprofit partner, John Jo-Finn of Faith, Hope and Love Ministries (right in the orange shirt). And that’s a 54-foot-truck. CRC was honored to assist the Bank of America in distributing an entire floor’s worth of furniture to our…

Another warehouse chick

The Chicks just love Robin Norris. Robin works for Catholic Charities coordinating housing for refugees. So she’s a warehouse rat like Betsy and me except her warehouse is full of items, some required by law, that every family Catholic Charities resettles must have in their homes. Everything Robin gets from CRC is brand new. She’s…

Help for the homeless

Open Table Nashville serves the homeless. Many people think it involves only food, but Open Table is much broader than that. It’s mission is, I think, perfectly written: “We are a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.” Especially the “journeys with the…

Blessing boxes…1,502 miles later

Boom! The big pay-off, not for Cesar but for those of us who were blessed to make Blessing Boxes for impoverished children in Haiti. Just look at that face. It started last December at CRC World Headquarters. Heart of Worship, one of our nonprofit partners, runs a school in Haiti. Ninety percent of all the…

Duck!

I may have to call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Tacky Resin Animals. Last week, it was the bear toilet paper holders. This week, we unpacked this: And this: Are they ducks hunting for humans? Is turn-about fair play here? Do they have their own human blinds? I don’t know. I just…

We have a winner

This man is all about the bear and duck toilet paper holders and he’s not ashamed to admit it. Look at him. That is one happy man. Actually, there is a practical application for these wacky bathroom accessories. Tim works at Progressive Directions, which serves those with delayed learning issues. There’s a certain someone among…

Does a bear…

Well, you know. How about ducks? The Chicks get a lot of fun bulk donations at CRC. Many decorative items are distributed to senior centers, group homes and family resource centers. But these guys? Well, I don’t know. This comes under the heading of, “What were they thinking?” Personally, I’m not sure I’d want either…

Homes for the homeless

How’s Nashville, the community campaign to end chronic homelessness, marked an incredible milestone – the project of the Homelessness Commission has found homes for 550 chronically homeless people in one year. That is truly a landmark. And here’s another great statistic – 75 percent of those people are still in their own home after a…