‘Beggars can’t be choosers’

Just a little bit of a rant here. We have practically had “no used clothes” tatooed on our foreheads for the last month. It’s on the website. It’s in every listing about CRC. And yet people persist in cleaning out their attics and trying to dump their refuse on our doorstep in the name of charity.

Yesterday, a woman came to the warehouse with bags and bags of used clothing. When I told her we didn’t accept that, her facial expression immediately turned to utter disdain. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” she snarled. She actually snarled. She walked out before I could respond.

Beggars can’t be choosers. That is how she viewed the Community Resource Center and the victims of flooding it is serving right now.

So listen, lady, whoever you are. The people who lost their homes to the flood are not beggars. They are your neighbors and the people you go to church with and the person you did pilates with at the Y only she’s not there right now because she’s living with her relatives while she tries to fix her life. The people who lost their homes are rich and poor and in between. These victims of the raging waters need a hand up, not a hand out.

And right now, they need nice. They don’t need their situation thrown in their faces along with the stained t-shirt that I’m sure was lurking in your garbage bags of used clothing. And, for your information, we have nice. We have brand new shirts and pants and socks. We’re working on more underwear. We’re sending it out by the box load.

So for those of you out there who are genuinely trying to help, stop already with the used clothing. I hate to be picky, but I am going to be on behalf of the people we’re serving right now. Call me names. Go ahead. I can take it.

* Those who are determined to support flood relief with a used clothing donation should give to the Goodwill on Charlotte Pike. That location was flooded along with the Pep Boys in the same complex – maybe you saw the video. From what I understand Goodwill is also filtering those who will help Nashville rebuild through their career center. We ♥ the Goodwill and Salvation Army for providing jobs and valuable services to our community year round!

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