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Our Most Tender Crop

Girl's Toddler Snowsuits

Cindy at My Corner of Katy asks us to post three photos on Thursday. They don’t even have to be related. The assumption is they might be related to gardening I suppose and you might wonder what toddler snowsuits have to do with my garden.

Boy's Snow Jackets

Well, I consider that my garden includes that most tender crop, all the children of my community. I am very happy that our local independent department store, Wilson’s, and my newspaper, The Recorder, sponsor Warm the Children every year. This project provides children of  enlisted families with winter clothes from underwear to warm winter coats and snowpants.

Thermal sets

Last year I helped set up this school gymnasium with boxes of underwear, sweat shirts and pants, sox and racks and racks of snow jackets and pants for children under 18. This afternoon I took my turn taking families through and helping them find everything on offer.  It is a joy to watch a six year old try on jackets and try and make a choice between the  brown jacket with a ‘fur’ trimmed hood, and the pink jacket with its own matching scarf. There was also a series of tables filled with donated handknit mittens and hats that people  could choose from. I had no idea there were so many knitters in our community.

It was an honor to have a small part in this project that ensures the children of our community to have their basic need for warm clothes met. This is New England and it gets cold! If anyone wants to donate money to this program send them to Warm the Children, c/o The Recorder, 14 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA 010301. Now check out My Corner of Katy to see other Three for Thursday photos.

8 comments to Our Most Tender Crop

  • This is a great program you’re involved in, Pat. We have something similar in our community but it is organized by individuals and takes donated winter wear. You’re very fortunate to still have an independent department store, not to mention one so generous. Children are our most precious crop!

  • Pat

    Rose – Wilson’s does a terrific job, choosing lots of different styles so no child can be identified by a ‘charity’ outfit. And yes, it is good to still have an independent department store. It has a long history in Greenfield.

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    This is a worthy post no matter what type of blog you put it on. Almost every community has a similar program and it is such a good program.

  • Pat

    Lisa – I was shocked to see how many children were at risk for being improperly dressed this winter, but relieved to see that others who were shocked acted to alleviate the situation.

  • Pat

    Lisa – It was shocking to see how many children in our community need warm clothing. It is a relief to know this program does help alleviate the situation with a lot of volunteer help.

  • Pat, you brought my meme to a new level. Thank you for reminding us that we CAN make a difference!

  • Pat

    Cindy – I love this meme! Thanks for starting it.

  • And, they are in the colors of the garden!

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