I was struck by Josh at Cradles to Crayons reply to my email letting him know about our MLK Day DeClutter For Good Event being held this weekend at my Time Well Spent pre-launch offices…
That’s a tremendous help. Thank you. I was upstairs this morning and noticed that our raw clothing shelves are completely empty, which means we will be out of clothing packs within a few days.
MA Readers are encouraged to bring their donations of warm clothing including warm pjs, pants, sweaters, tops, bottoms, slippers to our Time Wel Spent warm clothing drive this weekend (details in a previous post, scroll down!). Socks and undergarments must be brand new. All clothes should be in “Good Enough For Your Own Child” condition as is C2C’s policy. You are encouraged to donate other clothing that doesn’t fit their requirements to Salvation Army or another organization of your choice.
In addition, Cradles to Crayons has several drop-off locations that can be viewed by clicking here.
And, to see more about Cradles to Crayons, watch Good Morning America Friday morning, Jan 16th between 8:30 and 9am. I’m hoping their report is able to convey their good work at the Giving Factory.
The photo above is from one of my 2 trips to C2C late last year, at a time when their intake area was just filled with “raw” clothes, meaning donated clothes that are ready to be inspected and processed. I can’t even imagine those shelves being bare. I hope we are able to help, not only through our own drive this weekend, but by spreading the word to others and encouraging more drives during these cold winter months where warm clothes aren’t just about fashion statements but about warmth, safety and survival.
BTW, C2C uses happy and hard-working volunteers in their Giving Factory. School groups, scouts, families… People come to give of themselves and they get a great sense of personal fulfillment as a result! Part of the C2C mission is to change awareness and attitudes about the plight of children who are in need, through no fault of their own. These children need to know “hope” that they will be given every opportunity to reach their own best potential in spite of their difficult circumstances growing up. Without hope and dignity, their future is bleak. How can they strive to be their best without a sense of hope and possibility?
C2C hopes for a future when the need for their services actually declines. Until then, they welcome volunteers and donations and hope from those who are fortunate enough to be able to give of themselves, their time, their things, their money ~ any and all of these “gifts.” Are they dreaming? Is it to much to hope for… That will be determined largely by how attitudes and stewardship to fellow citizens grow and change in the coming years.