First rule: Never say no

If you are a nonprofit that deals in new surplus inventory, as CRC is, the first rule is that you never say no. We didn’t say no to 17 pallets of flower bulbs, although we didn’t know at the time that flower bulbs stored in a warehouse attract an alarming number of tiny flies (that…

Mad Max

Let’s play dress up in the warehouse. C’mon, Max, it’ll be fun. Really.  I know, Max. I know. You’re 14 years old and we’re about to put you in a 24-month toddler Batman pajama top. There’s no dignity in that. In fact, we are laughing uncontrollably and we can see you are not even slightly…

When your emergency becomes our emergency

Just a little rant here because the Chicks are so appreciative of every bulk donation we get. But. BUT. We are only Two Chicks in a Warehouse and one of them has a little age on her. Twice in the past week, someone else’s emergency has become our emergency. It happens all the time. ALL…

Making a house a home for the formerly homeless

How’s Nashville, the campaign started by the Homelessness Commission to find housing for the chronically homeless, has had a smashing success rate over the last year, putting more than 500 people into permanent housing. They’ve started holding residents’ meetings to encourage community and they asked CRC for some door prizes to encourage participation. What a…

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…