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The Chicks ♥ our friends from the Tennessean who are helping us sort in the warehouse for the entire month of October. We are heading into the Christmas Giveaway stretch and we need all the help we can get. We start getting ready for the Christmas Giveaway in June. And, over time, a lot of…

Lifters, fixers and sorters

Every year, the wonderful folks at HCA spread out into the Greater Nashville Metropolitan area and volunteer at nonprofits on Community Day. We love that. All of us. Yesterday was Community Day and we had a loyal (most of the group come year after year) band of merry volunteers who faced a monumental task at…

Many hands make light work

The Chicks have been totally blessed with lots and lots of donations of surplus inventory. What is surplus inventory, you might ask (or might not so I’m asking on your behalf)?  Companies generally end up with extra stuff. It might be – and these are real examples of items donated to CRC – cases of…

The cutest volunteers ever

This is most of the marketing department at Kirkland’s, an incredibly cute bunch, don’t you think? They came over to CRC yesterday to help us sort the enormous amount of donations that have threatened to take over every corner of the warehouse. This is not an easy job. The boxes are heavy and the temperature…

Funny hats

Oh, we are all about hats here at CRC, especially at this time of year when a legion of volunteers joins us to sort inventory for our giant Christmas Giveaway. In the next week, we will distribute more than $100,000 in Christmas gifts to our nonprofit partners so their clients will be remembered this holiday…

Messing up our stuff

The anatomy of a giveaway at CRC. Every month, nonprofit agencies from throughout Middle Tennessee come to our warehouse for the giveaway. Some of it involves every day items their clients can’t buy with food stamps – soap, shampoo, paper products, diapers….whatever we can get our hands on at a good price from our liquidation…

Tidy is as tidy does

As in Type A. A-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-it’s-place organization. That’s the ticket for Miss Betsy Alice Everett. A disorganized space actually hurts the girl’s eyes. So Betsy was thrilled when volunteers from a church in Avon, Indiana, who were here volunteering for flood recovery (yes, dammit, it’s still going on) had a little spare time and helped organize…

And more volunteers

Now here’s an efficient volunteer. Sydney was asked to sort coloring books and what better way to do that but to get in the box for extra scrutiny. Sydney was one of a group of volunteers who spent their weekend at CRC helping us get ready for the giveaway. Some of them were Betsy’s friends…