Kindness Daily: Using My Hobby To Help The Homeless

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Using My Hobby To Help The Homeless March 22, 2012 – Posted by whitby98
I am a huge fan of thrift shops and I have several that I check out every weekend. It’s how I unwind and have some time to myself. I actually look forward to it every week.

One of my favorite shops had started discounting certain clothing by 90%. Every week they had an entire wall filled with all kinds of items, most of which were in great condition. I was disappointed at first that I couldn’t personally benefit because nothing was in mine or my husband’s size.

Then it dawned on me. I could stock up on sweaters and jackets for the impending cold weather and donate them to the homeless shelter! In the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten six huge bags of sweaters, jackets, sweatpants, and long-sleeved shirts for under $20! I also got a small bag of soap, toothbrushes and shampoo for $1.

One of the jackets I got today was brand new and still had the tag on it. Most of the other items are brand-name and in really nice shape. I try to get unisex colors and styles in case there are some women who need clothing too.

I went to the shelter today to drop off my haul. It was pouring rain and there were several people huddled inside waiting for lunch. One poor man was lying on the wet floor. I asked him if he wanted something dry to lie on and gave him a sleeping bag. He was thrilled and said he really needed one.

Before dropping off the clothing I tucked a smile card into one of the jacket pockets!

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