Just yesterday, I was given this same opportunity – to act in love and work with others at three of the four thrift markets. Magen, my site supervisor, and Emily, the Engagement Manager, introduced me to their lives outside of the office, and picked me up at 8:06 A.M. to head to Grimes. My job, as Emily explained to me the day before, was to take pictures at each thrift store and come up with captions for all the Many Hands social media platforms. I was excited to create content for Many Hands. Magen and Emily were super supportive of me. Along with taking pictures, I was also given permission to shop around a little which, of course, I couldn’t say no to. While in Grimes I met all the volunteers, took a tour of the store, and came up with some social media content. After that, Emily took me into the back of the store, and I began sorting clothes with Magen – checking the quality and tossing them into large, cardboard bins. Around 11:30 A.M., Magen and I purchased our thrift finds of the day, said our goodbyes, and the three of us headed out the back door to our next stop: Clive.
At Many Hands Thrift in Merle Hay, I was given the opportunity to take over the thrift market Instagram stories and post some great finds. For the whole hour we were there, I walked around the store with Magen and took pictures of accessories, home décor, shoes, toys, and clothes. Creating content at Merle Hay was definitely one of my favorite parts of the day! What topped everything else, though, was the amount of love the volunteers and employees showed in their work and towards others. I could see it in their eyes and in the way they worked; it was amazing to see so many people have so much passion for what they were doing, knowing it was helping people over 2,000 miles away in Haiti. The impact that volunteers and employees have made, close by and far away, is incredible, and working with them yesterday really showed me what it’s like to Love in Action.