Not enough chicks in the world

We had been expecting a load of new t-shirts from California for a few days. New clothes for flood victims. The truck was supposed to come this morning. When we had some minor league baseball players to unload it.

These are members of the Portland Beavers, in town to play the Sounds. A couple of their players are Vanderbilt graduates and they came over to CRC to help unload trucks. We ♥ the Portland Beavers. Betsy was especially excited about this particular volunteer opportunity. We thought the giant truck of t-shirts would arrive while these boys were here volunteering. Morning came and went. No truck. Boys had to leave.

Early afternoon, when we still had Hands On Nashville volunteers, came and went. No truck. We close at 3 p.m. Truck arrives at 3:10. No volunteers. Three chicks in a warehouse. Not even remotely enough people to contend with a massive donation.

I am not a warehouse expert. Well, actually, yes I am now. You will notice that the dock is a good two feet below the truck.  This would require a forklift. Which we do not have. Not at all. If I could scale the truck I could hurl boxes off one by one, but that does not seem practical. Or fun.

Relationships pay off in the strangest of ways at the most unusual times. Kim decides to call the Tennessean.

Kim and I both know people at the Tennessean for a variety of reasons that aren’t important now. What is important is that we know people at the Tennessean. Kim is smiling while she’s on the phone because there’s nothing she likes better than a big ole problem with a big ole solution she has just figured out. But the solution depends on her friends at the paper. And they are her friends. They come through. They offer to off-load the contents of the truck at their warehouse and then re-load it onto smaller trucks. And they offer to bring a forklift to move the t-shirts from the truck to our temporary space.

We ♥ the Tennessean. In a big way. If you are even tempted to walk by a Tennessean newspaper box tomorrow without buying a paper, we will hunt you down like dogs.


About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

2 thoughts on “Not enough chicks in the world

  1. well, i guess three chicks really is enough chicks in the world!! is it wrong i’m having so much fun with this? i LOVE this community!!

  2. Kim never ceases to amaze me with her ability to tackle problems and come up with solutions. I’m so proud of my baby sister!!!

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