Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Chicks have moved – follow us

We have a brand new website and we’ve moved the Two Chicks in a Warehouse blog. Just visit www.crcnashville.org and click on the blog at the bottom of the page. Please? C’mon now. We don’t want to be lonely over at our new place.

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The delivery boys

Donors don’t give to us; they give through us.

Tim and Ronald DGCRC has a very special relationship with Tim and Ronald from Progressive Directions. They’re our friends, our collaborators and our delivery boys.

Every month or so, Tim and Ronald drive the Progressive Directions truck down from Clarksville to make a pick-up at a major retailer that donates to CRC. We keep most of the household goods; Progressive Directions gets all the food and whatever else they want from the haul. But it doesn’t stop there.

When they get back to Clarksville, they start making deliveries. Not because it’s part of their job but because they’re acutely aware of other agencies in need. Last month, here’s where some of that donation went:

  • Mana Cafe Ministries, which feeds low-income families and the homeless.
  • Grace Assistance Program, which helps the poor meet basic needs such as food, utility bills, temporary emergency shelter and transportation.
  • Good Samaritan Ministry, which provides medical and dental services to the uninsured poor.

Progressive Directions itself used those donations in their residential programs; in its Early Intervention program, which serves preschool children with developmental delays; and in its Buddy Ball program, a special needs athletic league.

That’s a lot of love shown to a lot of people far beyond the dock doors at CRC World Headquarters.

Bacon Wednesday: Bacon and Pepper-Jack Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Bacon and Pepper-Jack Stuffed Crescent RollsBetsy does not cook so you should take a look at these spectacular bacon and cheese stuffed crescent rolls and be extremely impressed.

Betsy volunteered to provide an offering for Bacon Wednesday this week and found the perfect recipe on Pinterest (where all interesting things live). It only has three ingredients – cooked bacon,  Monterrey Jack cheese and crescent rolls.

Betsy threw caution to the winds and added sliced cherry tomatoes for a splash of color and because she can now say she ate her vegetables today. I can report to you that they’re super yummy and easy to make. The recipe comes from a blog called The Food Charlatan. Here’s the link to the recipe. Happy Bacon Wednesday!

Professional Warehouse Management

Professional Warehouse Management 1Yes, this is just what it looks like. After years of training in professional warehouse management (not), sometimes you just have to throw caution to the winds.

Last Friday, Betsy had pretty much had it. Her daughter, Kirsten, had stayed up all night. Then Betsy’s car wouldn’t start. Then she drove out to a major retailer’s distribution center in a U-Haul to pick up a large donation. A large and partially heavy donation. It took so long to load that Betsy lost the help she thought she’d have unloading at CRC World Headquarters.

Betsy is extremely organized. Chaos makes her physically ill. But Friday, she reached her limit.

No, it is not professional warehouse management to throw boxes willy nilly out of a truck and on to the warehouse floor. But it’s quicker than stacking them.

Professional Warehouse Management 2Here it is. A moment you will not likely see again for a very long time. Betsy sitting on chaos. Proud and unashamed.

Bacon Wednesday: Pull-Apart Bacon Cheese Bread

Pull-Apart Bacon Cheese BreadWe have volunteers in the warehouse today so naturally we had to offer them some sustenance since it’s about 42 degrees below zero out there. Nothing says lovin’ like some bacon cheese bread. It has no redeeming nutritional value unless you count the flecks of onion and green pepper. I say let’s count them.

Pull-Apart Bacon Cheese Bread

12 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/3 cup diced green pepper

1 16 1/3-ounce can buttermilk biscuits

4 tablespoons melted butter

½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the vegetable oil in a sauté pan and fry the onions and peppers until they are soft and beginning to brown.

Cut the biscuits into quarters and put them in a bowl, along with the bacon, onions and peppers.

Add the melted butter and combine thoroughly. Add the cheese.

Put the bread mixture into a greased 9-inch bundt pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Philosophy Tuesday: Patience

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing. It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”  ― Fulton J. Sheen

PatienceYou know who knows this better than anyone? Nonprofits – especially what we call “Mom and Pop” nonprofits. Those are the tiny charities, often run by a husband and wife on a shoestring. They don’t have grant writers or chief financial officers or secretarial staffs. They do it all because they are passionate about their cause.

These are the folks from whom I see patience every day. They wait for the simplest things to occur. They wait for miracles for their clients. They wait for money to do their work. They wait, where we’re concerned, for laundry detergent for a dirty child, shampoo for a senior living alone, furniture for their threadbare offices.

I’m not good at patience but I’m learning to be better. I have dozens of good examples.