Kids still need clothes, they are growing despite this pandemic and Threads knows it. It’s now been over eight months since the Threads doors closed. Currently we are doing a winter coat drive, collecting sizes from our partners and getting the coats delivered!
It has been suggested over these last months that when you have nothing, anything helps. Well, that may be true, however, Threads can do better than “anything.” In fact, I see no reason to lower our standards on anything. Despite this global situation, we can still serve with dignity. I wrote many letters to our partnering agencies, group homes, shelters, schools, etc. to request sizes for kids in their programs who might need a winter coat this year. One of the responses I received back caught me off guard and filled me with pride. The social worker was “new” and was not familiar with Threads. Below is a piece of his note to me:
Good Morning Lori,
This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for (leaving name blank for privacy) and the families we serve! Can you please tell me what condition these coats would be in? Often times, not saying that this is the case, we receive items that no one else wants. It is our goal, that as much and as often as possible, we like to give the residents new or gently worn items. This is an effort to let them know that they matter enough, not to just be given items that no one wanted, and provide a sense of self-worth as they begin their journey to self-sufficiency.
You can imagine his delight when he learned about Threads. He loved the videos and the pictures of the shop, but mostly he loved that our mission is “To Clothe Children With Dignity.” Needless to say, coats are coming their way! They have many children who are teens and since the coat drive produced many small adult size coats, we can get them coats also.
Many of us feel we have had to give up so much and have suffered much loss during the pandemic and yet I see unfolding before my eyes as I sift though hundreds of Amazon boxes, something much different as well. My gratitude is overflowing for the opportunity to work with a community that won’t lower their standards!!!!