Holiday treasures

After meeting with Michelle Majcher, LCSW Social Worker/Home and School Visitor for Gateway School District, I brought an idea before the Ministerium at our December 3rd meeting: to provide hygiene products to Teachers Treasures, coordinated by 5th Grade Teacher Marcie Crow. Teachers Treasures is (per the website): a community resource center conveniently and discretely located in Moss Side Middle School offering gently used clothing, coats, accessories and shoes for men, women, children, and infants. These items have been donated by teachers and staff and are available at no cost on the first Wednesday of each month. To allow for choice and discretion, the thought was to make the hygiene products a give-away.

Within hours of the Ministerium’s vote to allocate $200 to this purpose, I had the pleasure of going to Big Lots and finding the Snoopy shampoo and princess toothbrushes as well as products for teens and adults. I was not able to estimate the cost of my shopping cart as I began to unload it. Having explained to the cashier that these products were for our neighbors in need, I asked that she warn me as we approached the $200 mark. After the woman behind me (another Barbara as it turns out) heard my explanation, she asked if she could donate toward our purchase. Of course, I said, “yes.” She pulled out a $20 bill and handed it to me, telling me how good it makes her feel to help others. I thanked her profusely, to the chorus of the cashier’s recognition of this special moment and as I was wishing her “Happy Holidays”… our total came to $219.66!

With a smile on my face, I brought the bags to Moss Side Middle School where Mr. Knorr, the Principal, helped me unload the bags so the products will be ready for our neighbors.

It doesn’t “take a village” – it takes the people within to make it a neighborhood. Happy Holidays.

“Pick Your Poison” (cropped) by Josh Kenzer licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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