3rd ANNUAL KIDS CLOTHING GRAB BAG - The results! March 28 and 29, 2014 Woohooo! The Grab Bag is over and we are happy to report that LOTS of folks were able to get some great great clothing for their kids as the result of the wonderful donations made by so many local families. Some folks were able to make very healthy donations for their clothing, some could only handle minimal donations, and some were unable to make any donation - we didn't ask and we really didn't pay attention to who made what. We know from our total revenue (over $3400, up from $2500 last year) that we had some nice donations in the mix. But we also know that there were families who had tears of thanks at the thought that they didn't have to pay for the big bags of clothing that they took from the event.
MANY MANY MANY thanks to so many folks who helped with this event. The biggest shout out is to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church of Valley Forge, and Pastor Dawn Taylor-Storm, who so willingly allowed us to again come in and take over the church! What a busy place that was. Besides our totally filling the main lobby and large congregation room in the lower level, there were choir practices happening, scout troops meeting, tours being given, preschool classes being held, and of course, church business going on! We never heard one complaint that we were "in the way" - even though we knew we were! And special thanks to the church "ladies" who offered cookies and treats to the shoppers on Friday! What a nice touch that was!
Special thanks also to the amazing chairs of this event: Lisa Davis, Carol Tompkins, Jeanette Alwine, Jennifer Arnott, and Pam Emel. They did a terrific job organizing the volunteers, coordinating all the collection sites, designing the layout for the church, coordinating details with the church, and overseeing the whole event. They may not want to see a pair of jeans for a while now that it's over, but their efforts were amazing!
Between the collection locations and sorters, the school reps that did PR for us, the folks who hung posters around town, the volunteers who took the left overs to Cradles 2 Crayons, and all the volunteers who helped out one of the 4 days of the events - we had well over 220 different volunteers!!! It was truly a community effort. The list below gives the main businesses and groups that helped out in one way or the other. Please say thanks!
Many Thanks To Our Supporters and Helpers!
Extra special thanks to the chairs of this year's Grab Bag! Their extra efforts made the event such a success! Lisa Davis - overall chair Carol Tompkins - volunteer chair Pam Emel - collection site chair Jeanette Alwine - set-up chair Jennifer Arnott - church coordinator
The Grab Bag can only be successful because of the help of so many different community members and businesses! Many thanks to:
All eight of the TESD schools - for being public collection locations. We definitely could NOT have held this event without their help! And special thanks to the volunteers who coordinated those sites: Rachel Dunleavy, Jen Hofmann and Jamie Mushlin (BES), Lori Piccone and Kim Brightman (DES), Kristina Haines (NEES), Pam Emel (HES), Jennifer Arnott and Amanda Ivory (VFES), Karen Ridder, Bernie Logan and Rita Gosner (VFMS), Melissa Acton, Sue Butler, Geraldine O'Leary and Gina DeFlavia (TEMS), and Emer Ryle and Tori Hall (CHS). AMAZING folks!
Doctor's Best Immediate Care(Berwyn) and Play It Again Sports (Berwyn) - for being a public collection locations - the last THREE years! And special thanks to the CHS Girls Field Hockey Team and Leanne Rush for doing the sorting for both sites!
Club La Maison (Wayne) - for joining our list of public collection locations this year! Thanks to Nancy Bevan and Pam Emel for helping to sort donations at this site.
Paoli Hospital - for hosting a private collection for us - again for the last THREE years! Special thanks to Brad Zerr and Lisa Nevins for helping with this site!
Vertex, Berwyn United Methodist Church, LDS Church, Mom's Club, Montesori Children's House, Plato's Closet, Tarleton Nursery School, The Malvern School, Trinity Preschool, and Wayne United Methodist Preschool (Lane Montessori)for hosting private collection locations for us! Having all these extra sites REALLY helped!
Paoli Hardware Store - for two large boxes of trash bags, used to transport the clothing.
Whole Foods (Devon) - for agreeing to offer YUMMY sandwiches and bagels to the volunteers on sorting day and on sale days.
Starbucks (Wayne) - for offering delicious bagels and coffee for the volunteers working at the event.
Brian Pierce- for designing the great posters that help us get word out about the event.
Upper Main Line Rotary - for sending a number of volunteers to help us sort and run the event
Brinker Capital (Berwyn) - for sending a number of volunteers to help us sort and run the event, as well as collecting clothes!
The Law Office of Lisa Charleston (Wayne) - for sending a number of volunteers to help us sort clothes, as well as for being a collection site
CHS field hockey team, NHS and Key Club members, T&E Kids Care Club members, and other students from CHS, Hillside ES, Valley Forge ES, Valley Forge MS, and T/E MS - for helping with the collecting and sorting before the event, and working at the event.
Pictures of the 2014 Grab Bag
As we receive pictures of the 2014 event - we'll post them here. Looks so far like a great assortment of clothing donations!
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