23 Apr A Confidence Boost from Clothing Donors
DONATION: TALBOT’S SHOES, ROSS CLOTHING, MARC JACOB’S T-SHIRTS
LIVES IMPACTED: 200+
Bread of Life Incorporated, in Houston, TX, was launched in September 1992 with the mission of serving of hot meals to homeless men and women in the sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church. We aim to end homelessness by building capacity through our case management program, distribution center and advocacy.
We received a donation of Talbot’s women’s shoes, Ross women’s shirts and sweaters, and Marc Jacobs assorted t-shirts through Good360. This donation was used to serve over 200 people who are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. One of the main requests received is for clothing, shoes, and rental and financial assistance. With this donation, we were able to host a Pop-Up Shop and provide so much to these survivors. The goal of the Pop-Up Shop was to give people the opportunity to “shop” for the clothing they need with the use of monopoly/play money.
One of the most important issues this donation helped solve was the ability to provide clothing for those without the resources to buy them. At the same time, this donation has also helped to boost confidence and empower these individuals to continue job searching and going to work. Now, with the proper clothing, they can present themselves in a respectable manner.
Lisa is a woman who has struggled with terminal illness for 25 years and is sustaining her and her daughter through her disability checks. After Hurricane Harvey, they were in desperate need of clothes, shoes, and household items. It didn’t help that Lisa needed to use the little money Lisa had to fix their only form of transportation, their car. She was elated when she found out she was going to be able to attend the Pop-Up Shop. After she left, she sent us an email that read, “Thanks so much for helping my daughter and me. We have struggled, but this was a blessing. My daughter had a smile on her face once again. Thanks for being a blessing to me and my baby.”