We are making cards and collecting professional clothes for our local homeless!
We are collecting cards from kids and professional clothes from our adults this month for the “Cut the Hate, Share the Love” event in February. This event is a makeover day for our local homeless with haircuts and professional clothes for them to try on and keep to help get them back on their feet, look for employment and improve their self-worth again. We want them to know we believe in them so we are asking the kids to make cards we can hand to them before they leave and our adults to clean out their closets with clothes to help men and women show their very best. Please read below if you wish to help with either collection by February 1st.
HELPING WITH CARDS FROM KIDS
We are starting off the year focusing once again on our homeless. In October at the OWW fundraiser, we met an amazing man named, John. He was gregarious, funny, kind – and the children at this event ADORED him. He told jokes, asked them about themselves, and completely entertained them. The kids – well, they were just themselves. I spoke with him as well one on one. He was so inspiring, so positive and had such an amazing outlook on life all the while not knowing where he would sleep tomorrow, or if he could fill his stomach. He mentioned none of this and instead talked about his faith in God and that he knows he will find his way back.
The next day when I spoke to the founder of OWW, I asked him who that man was the night before. He told me it was John, a homeless man he has known for quite some time. He told me that John had said to him after the children left that he was even more inspired now to get back on his feet. How much that night meant to him because these kids didn’t know he was homeless. All they know was that he was their new friend, John. John who made them laugh. John who was an incredible story teller. John, the really cool guy that was no different than their Dads or family friends. This left John on cloud 9 and more motivated than ever to get back on track.
Children have the incredible power to make us believe again. Believe in a better world, a better life and a better us. A simple drawing, gift, or smile from a child can change the most cynical person’s day.
PROFESSIONAL CLOTHES FOR OUR LOCAL HOMELESS
We are also collecting professional clothes for men and women- all types of clothes – suits, slacks, blouses, sweaters, ties, belts, shoes, button down shirts, etc. all sizes for our homeless to try on and take with them to wear as they interview and get back on their feet. The clothes are also the final piece of the masterpiece – that last bit of confidence they will put on that day to get them ahead of the game. If you wish to donate any clothes please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Clothes are needed by February 1st, 2017
Happy New Year to all!