This is mostly for the men out there. I paid little attention to the Joy Closet until my wife, a volunteer, told me that they could use someone with my unique skill set. I said, “You mean inventory control…marketing…Human Resources?” “No,” she replied. “We need someone who can lift heavy things.” Well, everybody must be good at something, so I became a volunteer.
Note the bags of donated items piled near the bins in the parking lot or in front of the store as you drive by someday. There is no reason some of us men can’t be responsible for at least getting it inside the building. The ladies seem to appreciate it when I show up and spend a few minutes hauling the stuff inside. I don’t want my wife or any of the ladies there trying to pick up a 55-gallon Hefty Bag that feels like it is filled with anvils.
Eventually I was trained to run the cash register and was designated as a back-up cashier. When someone is ill, I will take their shift if I’m available. It’s usually just a couple hours a week, maybe four hours at the most. Additionally, when we get a donated item like a lamp, a vacuum cleaner, or a chair that needs to be cleaned, tested and/or repaired, I take it home and do my best to get it into condition for sale and bring it back to the store.
The Bible tells us that good deeds alone won’t get us into Heaven, but working at the Joy Closet sure won’t hurt in your effort to get there. The Joy Closet provides a great service to our community that you can’t realize until you spend some time there. When you see the expressions of appreciation on the faces of the people shopping there you’ll know what I mean. So, I’m challenging more men to become volunteers. Come on down! Lift some heavy things!
Andy Barber, Back-Up Cashier Who Lifts Heavy Stuff