Random Acts Support Network Coordinator Jay Julier spearheaded a clothing donation drive to support community shelters through the Big Brother Program of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Seeing the Need
In the Fall of 2021, British Columbia in western Canada experienced massive flooding from seasonal rainfall. Without delay, Jay Julier began looking for a way to help the victims who had lost belongings or were displaced.
After conversations with friends and neighbors, Jay realized that many people had clothes they no longer needed. For some people this was due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on jobs, lifestyles, and donation facility shutdowns. As a result, clothes were just being thrown away. Jay knew there had to be a better way.
Jay began to look into donation opportunities for flood victims. However, she discovered that flood relief efforts focused on food and transportation. After a little more research, Jay learned that Vancouver’s Big Brothers Mentoring Program accepted clothing. Just like that, her act of kindness was on its way!
A Network of Hope
Big Brothers distributes donated clothing through a long-time partnership with Value Village. Essentially, this thrift and second-hand chain has locations throughout North America and pays a fair rate for the donated clothing. Big Brothers uses the proceeds toward various youth and teen programs in the region.
Jay posted information about her clothing drive on social media and received an excellent response. “We actually ended up with thirteen bags full of clothes and household items,” Jay happily reported. “I felt great!” We at Random Acts love supporting our staff and their exciting acts of kindness.
And the individuals who benefit from the training and mentoring programs feel great, too!
Local Acts Add Up to Global Good
Do you have an idea for an act of kindness in your own community? Random Acts can help with that! Contact your local Random Acts Regional Representative for information on Sponsored Acts or any other help you need to turn your idea into a reality.