Bikes for kids, what a concept

This is what more than 400 bikes looked like when they came to the CRC warehouse for safe keeping while Hands On Nashville volunteers refurbished them for its ReCYCLE for Kids program. The bikes – in various stages of disrepair – were donated and then spruced up for children who would otherwise not have a…

End-of-the-week report 6/24

Sitting on my deck having a glass (O.K.,  a plastic cup) of wine: Two big things stand out. We had our monthly giveaway, our last one at the airport warehouse. Goodbye, bird poo, which was increasingly becoming a problem. Let’s just say there are a few CRC things that won’t be moving back to our…

What an idiot

More than a year ago now, I had a business phone installed in my home and had calls to the Community Resource Center forwarded here in the wake of the flood that took our warehouse. What an idiot. In the beginning, I was puffed up with pride. Look at me! I have found a way…

Thankful

Yes. I am thankful. More than usually thankful this Turkey Day. It’s been an amazing six months. And even though CRC, the building, was converted into the Toxic House of Poo, most of what’s happened since the flood in May has been astoundingly positive. Let’s just take a quick jaunt down memory lane to visit…

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….

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…

Volunteering: The cheapest entertainment in town

Like most people these days, I’m operating on a VERY tight budget. That doesn’t leave much cash for cocktails with my girlfriends, going to concerts or movies, or my very favorite thing – shopping. What’s a girl to do? Sit at home and clean out closets? Given, it’s productive, but not that fun. So yesterday…