Thursday, August 28, 2008


Last Saturday a ton of Chapin Baptist volunteers showed up before daybreak at Kohl's on Harbison to participate in our third annual Clothe a Child. After a deluge of rain earlier in the week, God cleared out the clouds and brought a beautiful, cool, breezy morning.

Clothe a Child was birthed out of a student leadership class that Anita and I led for a couple of years. The students wanted to raise enough money to go to the Student Leadership University for a week in D.C. I thought it was a great idea as long as they were willing to raise twice that amount and use the other half for a local missions project. They accepted the challenge. We sold barbecue after church; we served fancy meal at a Valentine's Banquet; and we did a lot of "high-level" begging. When it was all said and done, the dozen high schoolers had raised more than $20,000, enough to go to D.C. and enough to buy $100 worth of new school clothes for 100 elementary-aged children.

I believe Clothe a Child has caught on. And I hope we can do it each year for many years to come. One of the primary reasons CAC has been so successful is because of the leadership of Sonja Hollis. Talk about a high energy go-getter. She is awesome. She does all the negotiating with the local department store, mobilizes all the volunteers, and then makes it all happen. Of course, she has folks helping her along the way. But it is Sonja's leadership and energy that makes CAC a memorable event each year.

This year we moved from Goody's to Kohl's (since Goody's is no longer around and since Kohl's thankfully opened a store in Harbison). Joni, the store manager was great to work with. Some of her employees donated their time to make the event happen. Because of their volunteer hours, Kohl's will be making a donation of $500 for next year's CAC. When the last family went through the checkout line, we had purchased new school clothes for 122 kids. Awesome!

Here are a few shots taken at last Saturday's event. A big thanks to Larry Russell for his camera work.


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