A Clean Start

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Have you ever needed something, but didn't ask because you thought what you needed was too big? Or maybe too expensive? Or maybe you thought asking would be too much of a burden to put on someone else?  If so, you are not alone.  NOW... What if someone were to call you out of the blue to ask you if you needed the exact thing you were too afraid to ask for??  That is what happened last week...  PLEASE keep reading... (This is Operation Pretty Things in action!!)

I got a text from my big brother, who is in full-time ministry, at Port City Community Church, in Wilmington NC.  Someone had contacted him to see if he knew of anyone in need of a washer and dryer.  He knows that OPT serves women in shelters all over the coastal region of NC and thought I might have someone in need.  I reached out to my shelter reps, and sure enough...a women and her two daughters (10 and 14 years old) had just moved out of the shelter two days prior, and were on their own for the very first time!  They had moved into a home that had a broken washer and dryer, left behind by the previous tenants.  After a little bit of planning, the man donating the appliances put together a team and made the hour long drive to deliver and install the washer and dryer for the women at no cost!

This donation did not come from a corporation looking for recognition.  And it was not a set of old, used appliances that belong in the trash.  On the contrary, someone wanted to be an extension of love, and to give a quality gift with no string attached.  Isn't that what giving is all about?!  As the appliances were being installed, she said, "I'm so thankful! I'm so excited I'm jumping out and down!  My girls are so excited."  When I asked what else she might need, she sent me a list of items - household items...items that we use everyday, some of which we have more than one - towels, utensils, pots and pans, etc.  This little family is starting all over.  So grateful for what they have, but in need of so much more.  It really got me thinking...When was the last time I was intentionally grateful for a fork or a spoon?  All too often, we forget how much we have and can be truly thankful for.  

I have never done this before, but there's always room for a first... (Gosh! I love my "job")

Operation Pretty Things is going to put together The Ultimate Clean Start Kit for this family!  Below is the list of things they need to begin this next chapter of their life together.  Let's be the LOVE we all talk about wanting to be!  

***PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY NEW ITEMS!!!!  WE WILL NOT TAKE USED TOWELS, APPLIANCES, UTENSILS, CLEANING SUPPLIES, ETC.  

KITCHEN:

  • dish towels
  • eating utensils - forks, spoons, knives, etc.
  • cooking & serving utensils 
  • can opener, vegetable peeler, bottle opener, etc

SMALL APPLIANCES:

  • blender
  • toaster
  • coffee maker

BATHROOM:

  • towels - all sizes!
  • shower curtain
  • bath mat
  • toothbrush and soap holders
  • trash can

SUPPLIES:

  • dishsoap
  • sponges
  • garbage bags
  • laundry detergent
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • clorox wipes

If you are interested in donating any of these items, please email me directly at   missy@operationprettythings.org with "A Clean Start" as the subject line.  I will accept donations on a first come first serve basis, as I am not able to store multiples of the above mentioned items.  This is exciting!!!  AGAIN, i must reiterate.... ONLY ACCEPTING NEW ITEMS :)  This women and her daughters deserve nothing but the very best.  Let's give them that and so much more!!!!!

(She is in need of larger items as well.  If you would like more information about additional needs, please email me to discuss.)  

Would you like to be a part of life changing opportunities like this all the time??  You can!!  Become a HOPE Sponsor and help us Love Bomb the world one gift at a time!!  CLICK HERE!

God is so good.  There is always HOPE.  

- Missy Boneske

 

Not Just Black Pants

An advocate from one of the shelters we serve reached out to us last week.  This is that story...

"One of our teens just got a job but unfortunately can’t find black work pants (even at our stores!) and had to call out!" 

She went on to say that she had called around to all of their usual resources for this type of need but were unable to find her particular size pants, and they were out of gift cards, so going out and buying a pair of pants for her was not an option.  My heart broke for that young girl who was just trying to get her life back, but didn't have the "tools" she needed. And the shelter advocate was at a loss.  

So she reached out to us!! OPT is blessed to be a part of a network of wonderful organizations at the Harrelson Center! I contacted the Help Hub and Philippians 3 Ministries, and we were able to find a pair of black work pants in the exact size the young girl needed!! I showed up at the shelter with two bags - one held the black pants, and the other was full of cosmetics and beauty essentials - all the tools she would need to feel confident and prepared on her first day of work! 

A pair of pants and some cosmetics may not seem like much, but to that young girl, it was a glimpse of HOPE and a chance to make a new start. That's Operation Pretty Things! 

If you would like to be a part of life changing stories like this one (and I really HOPE you do!), please consider giving today! As you can see...every little bit counts!! #notjustblackpants www.operationprettythings.org/donate/ to change a life today!