A mother and her three daughters arrived for their 9:00pm, private appointment. Each girl was carrying a large, full shopping bag which they put down in a corner before they browsed the racks of fresh from the cleaners, uniform skirts.
I was intrigued. Gemach clients usually come in empty handed and leave with full bags. Throughout their appointment the girls glancing back and forth between themselves with raised eyebrows as if questioning each other. I was further intrigued.
After each girl had chosen her skirts, shirts and sweaters I moved to walk them to the door when the oldest sister, a high schooler, collected the bags they had brought with them and reached out to hand them to me. She took a deep breath and cleared her throat. “These are the things you gave us last year. We took really good care of them so we could give them back for someone else to enjoy.”
It was an absolutely priceless moment. The shy smiles. The pride. It was both powerful and humbling to experience giving come full circle!
Please continue to be there for the uniform gemach by bringing gently worn uniforms to the porch of 1287 Carroll St.
Please help add links to the chain of giving.
Please help the cycle of caring.
Wishing you a safe and fun filled summer,
Rochel Lustig & Chani Karp