Today, on the third day of our trip, we went to the Lowcounty Orphan Relief which is a non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children who have been abused or neglected. They told us that most of the time these children are picked up as soon as possible and normally are not able to grab any of their things like clothes and other personal items. LOR, then receives orders to help give those children of few of their necessities. When we first arrived we began sorted through bags of clothes that had been donated into correct bins were they would soon be sorted again. After awhile we started filling orders which means we were able to go through the rooms to find a weeks’ worth of outfits for each child. We included everything from socks and coats to school supplies and books. It was fun to fill orders because it was like shopping, but for a good cause. I was given a three year old boy and although it was hard to pick out outfits because you have no clue what their personality is, you just have to keep in mind that they just need clothes to get them started and will hopefully be happy with what they receive. After picking out outfits, which I might say I picked out some pretty cute ones, I packed him a backpack and a stuffed animal that I sure hope he will like!
The building of the LOR had so many rooms for each age group and then they were broken into separate rooms for each season; summer and winter. We organized every room and filled all the shelves as full as we could get them. Near the end of the day we unloaded a box of children’s books which brought back a lot of memories because I was finding books that I used to read as a kid. It was moving knowing that other children would be receiving those books and would get the chance to read them as well. I’m very glad that we were able to help out Rhonda, the Clothing Closet Director, and everyone else that worked there by organizing some of their donations. After talking to Rhonda and hearing about how they fill about 200-300 orders per month, and about 700 orders in August which just crazy to think about, hopefully what we did will help them fill the orders faster and easier!