Saint Robert

We said goodbye to Robert today. Well, not goodbye. But, definitely, see you later. We moved some remaining inventory out of A+ Storage, our home away from home after the first days in the flood’s aftermath.

Here’s how we found Robert. John Scannapieco, our board chair, urged me to quickly find a temporary warehouse. I had no clue. I put a message on Facebook, pleading for anyone who knew of space to contact me. Tina Hamilton, who I did not know at the time, messaged me: “Call Robert Craig.” The next morning, at about 7:30 a.m., I did. “We’d be happy to help,” he said. “Come on over.” That was it. Done. We took up residence almost immediately. Here’s Robert, literally showing us the door to our future. We have crashed at Robert’s pad for more than a year. He was never anything but gracious and welcoming and helpful. Countless numbers of relief workers and volunteers and flood survivors traipsed through his doors to find help. Giant semi-trucks wedged themselves through the security gate and did a tight back-up at his dock.

We have had lots of help since then, but Robert was the first to extend his hand to us, wanting nothing in return.

So, tonight, the Chicks just want to say thank you. It’s not nearly enough. Thousands of flood survivors found water, clothing, bleach, emergency hygiene kits, and, yes, comfort, because Robert Craig just said, “Come on over.”

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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: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

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