Every child deserves a pair of shoes

Preston Bailey of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with donated shoes from Genesco
Preston Bailey of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with donated shoes from Genesco

Amazing things happen when good people join forces.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a wonderful group of men who do great work in the community. One of their projects is mentoring boys at John Early Middle School. My friend, Preston Bailey, is one of those mentors and, through CRC, he also brings new school supplies to the school. Some of the Omega Psi Phi members and I were at John Early last week delivering supplies when I overheard a teacher ask one of the counselors, “Do you know where we can get shoes? Some of the children are still coming to school without shoes.”

Well, that just broke my heart. So I came back to the warehouse and reached out to Claire McCall at Genesco. Her heart was broken, too. Not a day or two later, she e-mailed me to say there were 79 pairs of new shoes waiting for us to pick up. And socks. They came to the CRC warehouse for about 10 minutes before going to John Early, maybe the quickest turn-around of anything ever donated to CRC.

Omega Psi Phi and Genesco – good people coming together to fix a terrible problem that should never be visited upon anyone, but especially not children.  Thanks to Omega Psi Phi for being boots on the ground in the war against poverty. And thanks to Genesco for a warm heart and a generous spirit.

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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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