Saturday, I helped sort some donated t-shirts at Captain Hope’s Kids with the Random Acts of Kindness Meetup group. Captain Hope started out as a charity for the homeless but quickly realized the need for help specifically for homeless children in DFW. They get donations of clothing, diapers, toys, school supplies, and more from individuals, companies, and churches and distribute them to a network of 50 shelters and agencies. They also help kids participate in extracurricular activities outside the shelters and give teens boxes of hygiene products and gifts on their birthdays.

Giving kids school uniforms and supplies helps them stay in school so they can end the cycle of poverty in their families.

Captain Hope’s Kids is located in a huge warehouse in Dallas. They had just received a donation of brand new t-shirts from SanMar that companies had ordered but didn’t end up being exactly what they wanted. I think the employee said there were six vans full. Our job was to sort them by size and gender, count them, and box them up. We set aside polos that could be used for school uniforms and bright shirts that could be screen printed for volunteer shirts for the upcoming Captain Hope’s golf tournament. This was pretty easy work but slightly physical, so I counted it as exercise. People had fun talking to each other as they folded and sorted.

The guy leading the volunteers had only worked there two weeks but already had a touching experience. When he recently delivered some toys to a shelter, a little girl tried to give him back a toy as he was leaving. He realized that she was used to the sharing system at the shelter, had probably never owned her own toy, and didn’t even understand the concept. She was ecstatic and recognizes him every time he makes a delivery.

He said Captain Hope delivers about 13,000 diapers to shelters every month, which were donated by Kimberly-Clark. Here is the wall-o-diapers in the warehouse. This is apparently the only picture I took, and it’s blurry, because I am a terrible journalist.

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Volunteers get to wear these fetching neon vests. I am really regretting not grabbing that megaphone at some point and yelling “Attica!” or “Adrian!”

If you would like one of these trendy vests of your own, Captain Hope need help sorting every Saturday and could also use help with driving, administrative tasks, cleaning, fundraising, and events. They keep a low overhead by using a lot of volunteers and are therefore able to provide more services to the needy.

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