In case you haven’t heard of us, Note in the Pocket is a young nonprofit in Wake County. We provide clothing to impoverished and homeless children who need quality clothes and shoes for school. For the first seven years, Note was a family ministry meeting the needs of children and families in a Mother Teresa inspired way, “I cannot do great things but I can do small things with great love.”
We are often asked about our name. It is a beautiful account of two women whose act of love brought happiness and warmth to a handful of children.
Here’s the story.
Our founder had a daughter who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. Her first teaching job was at a school where many students did without what most of our children take for granted. The children in her kindergarten class wore clothes that were conspicuously ill-fitting, torn, dirty, and generally inadequate for school. Many students were hungry; many had unstable living arrangements.This broke her heart. She called her mom and asked, “How do I teach these children?” Our founder, a college professor and life-long community advocate, told her this, “We cannot fix everything, but we can do something.”
They began purchasing coats from outlet and thrift shops. Before it got cold that year, each kindergartner was given a new coat. The children were so excited to wear them home. Sadly, many of them were returned the following day because the families could not believe someone would give their child a coat.
So they put a “Note in the Pocket” that said, “This coat is your child’s to keep. It is a gift sent with love from the community.”
And that is who we are – We are the community, collecting, processing and distributing clothes to children (and often their siblings and parents) in Wake County who need decent, well-fitting, weather-appropriate clothes for school. We now put a note with each bag of clothes that simply says, “You are Loved.”
Sadly, there are over 51,000 children in Wake County who applied for and qualify for the national free or reduced priced lunch program. We know that families that are struggling to feed their children are also struggling to provide clothes for them. Seasons change, children grow and clothes and shoes are expensive. .
On May 9th, the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Socks and Undie 5K Rundie and Kids Fun Run to raise funds and awareness so that we can grow our community support and help more children in Wake County. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation in the amount of the entry fee. Teams of 5 or more will each get an entry to win a 7 Night Caribbean Vacation.
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