Clothe the Naked

Clothe the Naked June 4, 2014

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  • Elaine S.

    Funny you should mention this, because just yesterday I saw this beautiful story about people who are carrying out this very work of mercy in spades:

    “There are no price tags on any of the items sold in Selfless Blessings, a small Missouri shop that offers everything from canned goods to clothing and other supplies to cover basic survival needs.

    “That’s because everything in the store is free.

    “Selfless Blessings is a lot like a thrift store but we are a free store for
    families who are in need,” the store’s 38-year-old owner, Andrea
    Berdine, told TODAY. “They come in, they shop. We have a donation jar.
    If they can donate, then they do. If they can’t, then they leave with a

    “Berdine started the project in 2012 after witnessing
    something that brought her to tears. She was shopping at a retail store
    when she saw a man turned away because he asked for a coat.

    “He was ridiculed, put down, made fun of,” she recalled. “He was wanting a
    coat. I said, ‘So you have racks and racks of coats here. And that man
    is cold and he’s wet and it’s raining and he’s obviously homeless.’ And
    nobody would give him a coat.”

    “Berdine was stunned. She got in her car and drove around until she found the man. She then picked up her husband’s jacket from the back seat.

    “I gave him the coat. Told him he was a man of worth. Told him I was embarrassed that that happened in our community,” she said.

    “That act of giving inspired Berdine to create a Facebook page where
    the community could connect and contribute to each other. Some people
    posted items that they could donate, like an extra can of baby formula
    or package of diapers. Others spoke of what they needed, such as the
    single dad looking for shoes for his children.

    “The concept eventually grew into a standalone shop in Hollister, Missouri. Selfless Blessings is now stacked with hundreds of items donated every day by the community.”