Not why we do this, but a side benefit

We provide new stuff that poor people need and can’t afford. Maybe that should be our new 10-second elevator speech. But a side benefit is that during the giveaways, we are sometimes presented with presents, food and Faith from our nonprofit partners. John Jo Finn and his wife, Judith, brought their granddaughter, Faith, to the…

We’re nuts

You just never know what’s going to happen on giveaway days. Sometimes, Betsy and I just sit at our table in the warehouse and greet our nonprofit partners who are coming to get basic household necessities (or, as we say in the trade, “stuff”). Then there are days like today when Joyce from the Clarksville…

Easter parade

Oyster Easter is only two weeks away and I have to say one of my favorite things about this great party (which benefits us!) is seeing what people wear. Actually, my most favorite thing is the oysters. So, so happy some people don’t like them. More for me. By the way, if you want to…

Bacon Wednesday: The best way to cook bacon

We have a guest appearance today by Chick One’s alter ego… me!… wearing my other hat as the author of The South in My Mouth. It has come to my attention that many people do not know how to cook bacon. They think a skillet is required. In fact, it is discouraged. Here’s the correct…

Paperwork

Certain things just don’t come to mind when you become a nonprofit executive. All you’re thinking about is the satisfaction of serving others and the idealism of a society in which everyone is given an even shot at the brass ring. But then comes the paperwork of running what is, in the final analysis, a…

The scavengers

And I mean that in the nicest way. World Relief, one of our partner agencies, does tremendous work resettling refugees from war-torn countries. One of their responsibilities is finding housing for refugees and that includes furnishing many, many apartments. Which is why the warehouse crew at World Relief are scavengers. They look at a filing…

The bright yellow moving van

When you are a nonprofit school serving extreme at-risk children, sometimes you don’t have the most sophisticated of moving equipment. That’s okay. Come on down, Project Reflect, and bring your school bus. We have chairs for you. Nice chairs. No matter that the emergency door at the back of the bus is barely wide enough…

When good comes from bad

We realize that this is not going to sound right, but the Chicks ♥ inmates. We also ♥ Sheriff Daron Hall for administering an innovative program that lends inmate labor to a variety of nonprofits that would otherwise have to pay for help. What have our inmates done for us? Well, yesterday when it was 23…

Out in the cold

On this, one of the coldest nights of the year, Judy Tackett will be one of the people out at 12:30 a.m., looking for homeless people who don’t have shelter. The black bags she’s standing in front of hold warm blankets. Judy is the communications coordinator for the Homelessness Commission in Nashville. The commission forms…