What a mess

Well, hello all. We went to the warehouse today. I had some glimmer of hope that somehow the flood waters had been held back by our incredibly tight metal doors. What an idiot. It was a mess. Here’s Betsy, who has just precariously made her way across the rubble. The whole building looks like this….

Our man with stuff

We are open and we have stuff. This is John Moore. He is our man with stuff. He didn’t want his photo taken, but I did it anyway. He deserves some recognition. John owns M&M Wholesale in Old Hickory. Normally, we buy basic personal hygiene and cleaning supplies from John for our giveaways. He sells…

The kindness of strangers

This may have been the most amazing day of my life, at least professionally. We started out the day with just a flooded out warehouse. We ended the day with a temporary warehouse, an official designation by the Mayor’s Office as the agency to distribute in-kind donations (what Betsy and I affectionately refer to as…

Strategy at Star Bagel

The chicks are all about strategy. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that after the initial shock of a flooded building wore off, Betsy and I are ready to move forward. Here we are at our new international headquarters, Star Bagel in Sylvan Park. Betsy brought her daughter, Kirstin, along to help…

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….

Spring at the warehouse

The best thing about being Two Chicks in a Warehouse is that when spring comes Betsy and I can just bust it out. We are not in a traditional business or even traditional  nonprofit. We’re warehouse rats. The office outfit of the day is shorts and flip flops. Our lawn chairs are positioned at the…

A quilt of many colors

Take a good look at this quilt. Beautiful, isn’t it? You might pay pretty big bucks for a quilt like this. But here’s the beauty of  it. It was made by quilters at the Perry County Council on Aging with fabric samples from the Community Resource Center. Every once in awhile we get boxes and…

Girls just want to have fun

Yes, we work in a warehouse. Yes, it’s cold and damp right now.  And, yes, there’s a fair amount of toting which is actually a good thing because we can skip the gym memberships. Who needs pilates when you have a dolly and a bunch of heavy boxes containing green pants? But if you don’t…

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….

A bittersweet donation

Jesse Jones from the Eastview Church of Christ called us the other day. He had some children’s desks he wanted to donate. I agreed to meet him at the church. It turns out that he had the furniture to donate because the church is closing. Mr. Jones told me that he had been going to…