Appleton Altrusa Club Strikes Again!The Community Clothes Closet is very fortunate to have the Appleton Altrusa Club volunteer on Wednesday evenings. They hang clothes and help with what ever is needed. Amazing group of women!
A few months ago I was asked to speak at one of their monthly meetings. It was a great time sharing about the Community Clothes Closet with this dynamic group. One of the ladies mentioned to me if we ever heard of a family who could use a little extra financial help to let them know.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago...a woman (Lana) stopped in to get clothing for a job interview. One of our volunteers helped her select the perfect outfit for her interview. During that time Lana's eyes filled with tears. Life was being especially rough on her and her family. Lana was still employed but looking for another job to better her life. She was also going to school to improve her circumstances. Why were her eyes filled with tears? They were filled with tears because she just recently found out she had cancer. And to make matters worse her son had kidney failure. Money was very tight and she needed help due to the medical bills for both son and herself.
As Lana approached the check out counter I could hear our volunteers trying to encourage her. I walked out to see if I could help. Lana was still teary-eyed but hopeful for a better future. She stated several times she needed to stay strong for her son.
Altrusa steps in! I informed the president of Altrusa of Lana's life circumstances. She presented the need to to the club and they donated $300 in gift cards for Lana and her family. AMAZING!
When I talked with Lana she burst into to tears of joy. She couldn't believe that someone cared enough to reach out to help them. You could just feel the stress lift off from her. The gift cards were in her hands just in time for the Memorial Day week-end. Truly a memorable moment thanks to the Appleton Altrusa Club!