Southern Belles

The Chicks rarely get to see the recipients of what we distribute to our nonprofit partners. It can be a blessing to be “the supply line to the front lines of poverty” because assisting those in need face-to-face, day in and day out, is hard and emotionally draining work. But we also never get to…

Piece of cake

Gifts are not required when our nonprofit partners come to the warehouse for basic household necessities for their clients. But they are always appreciated. Tim Mitchell from Progressive Directions has been a partner with CRC for many years. But Tim’s become more than a partner. He’s also a friend. When the Chicks first moved to…

A place at the table

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matthew 25: 35-36. And CRC provided…

Trading partners

We do a lot of trading in the nonprofit arena. Happily, many nonprofits are the recipients of generous donations in surplus inventory from a number of places. But they can’t always use the donation. So we have an informal network of trading partners so that the donation eventually finds its way to a new home….

Blessings from the flood

It’s been two years since the historic flood that devastated Nashville and Middle Tennessee, but blessings continue to come from the disaster. Our partner agency, The Ark Community Resource and Assistance Center, got one this week. The Ark has a variety of programs serving those in need in south Cheatham County. They operate a weekly…

A few nice things

We work with the Downtown Partnership’s homeless initiative, which is basically run by one guy named Adam Ries. This is one of the few programs I know about that’s totally win-win. The partnership represents downtown businesses, which have been plagued for years by chronically homeless people, primarily men, sleeping in doorways or doing their business…

The King Daddy of Kool-Aid

The flood of May 2010 brought many hidden blessings and one of them was Preston Bailey. Before the flood, we were amiable acquaintances. Preston would come by and pick up household items for his nonprofit, Welcome Home Ministries. But after the flood, when the Chicks were in full-on flood relief and recovery mode, Preston became…

Dollar General

Well, we just have to tell you about the most extraordinary thing. We are always in the market for underwear and socks for the many people our partner agencies serve who routinely go without those necessities. Most people don’t understand that food stamps are only good for food. No shampoo, no diapers, no laundry detergent….

Brain power

The faces of mental illness are many. Confusion. Despair. Loneliness. Alienation. These are the people you cross the street to avoid. They’re the ones who talk to the voices in their heads, sometimes very loudly. They’re the ones who probably haven’t seen a shower in awhile. Right Guard is not on their list of essentials….

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…