November 12, 2012
I began volunteering for this non-profit last year for their Operation School Bell program. The faces of the children as they entered the makeshift store in their schools gymnasium were unbelievable. They were so very happy. The first child I took through told me that she had never been shopping for "new clothes" before and asked me if she could keep them. She said "I don't have any money!" The second child, a little boy, seemed concerned as we approached the school pants fitting area where our volunteers measure the children's waists for size. He said "We don't have to try them on do we? I don't have underwear on. My mom had to wash them." I assured him he did not have to try them on and that he was getting an entire package of new underwear to take home. He said, "My mom will be so happy!". The sacks of clothing are as big as some of the children in the younger grades. Since that time I have began tutoring for K & 1st grade readers, delivered Wee Help kits and Buddy Bears to hospitals assembled Assault Survivor kits and filled backpackers of food on Fridays for children in need for the weekend. What a great organization. They have over 300 members. Not one member is paid. We have an upscale resale store in downtown Rochester that is the major source of funding for all of these great philanthropic programs. Each member is asked to work at least 7 shifts at the store per year and to volunteer to work on at least one philanthropic program during the year. Our monthly meetings are informative, organized and attended by over 100 people. There is something for everyone. I am amazed at the commitment of this fabulous group,of women from the Tri-County area of Michigan.
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