Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Special Scarves for Give A Kid A Coat
Recently, I had the privilege of talking to Emily Vail – a person that uses her gift to make gifts from the heart for others. In 2008, Emily showed up at our A Cleaner World on Lawndale Avenue with 50 scarves that she’d crocheted over the course of the year; she wanted to donate them to Give A Kid A Coat. The next year she came back, and this time she’d crocheted over 100 scarves during the course of the year. And each year she comes back, having crocheted between 100-150 scarves, always wanting to donate them to Give A Kid A Coat. This year is no exception – here she is dropping off over 150 scarves just a few days ago.
If Emily could have one wish as to what would come of this, it is that others with similar gifts would also use them in the same way. “I could easily see church groups or youth groups that need a service project take this on,” Emily said. “It would be so easy, and I can see it being successful.” For the moment, Emily’s portion of this service project is already a success. “We are always so thrilled to get the scarves each year,” said Carole Whisnant, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Greensboro. “I have for so many years wanted to find out who she is and send her a thank you note but haven't been able to. I have the scarves available at our warehouse during Give A Kid A Coat distribution for those who may need one. If there are scarves left after distribution, they come to our Center of Hope Shelter and are distributed to kids and adults. They are always so excited to receive them.” Emily will be pleased to hear that.