Wonderful Wednesday #3 - East Texas Help

This week, I would like to tell you about East Texas Help.  The lady who began the charity and maintains it is amazing.  Her name is Doretha Hicks and she is one of the sweetest people you'll meet. 

You know from my previous Wonderful Wednesday posts that I love people and organizations which have a heart for their community and Mrs. Doretha certainly fits the bill. 

I first came across her when I saw an ad in the paper asking for gently warn clothes for a project called "Diva's Closet."  Anything with the word diva in it catches my eye so I read further to find that the clothes are given people to go on job interviews and if they land a job, they are given a further week's worth of clothes.  What a fabulous concept!  Then, our paths crossed by happenstance.  My friend Wastutsy and I were out garage saling, saw a sign and decided to check it out.  Lo and behold it was at Mrs. Doretha's house and it was a HUGE sale.  We got to talking and hit it off right away. 
I asked her if she would send me some information about the charity so here it is:

East Texas Help came about because I have a love of helping people in need.  I saw a problem and decided to do something about it. I grew up in a household where we were told we could be anything we wanted to be.  My family was a family of people who were always helping others; so naturally, I followed in my parents' and grandparents' footsteps.

I believe that this is my calling, God made me a people person; I am not a stranger to anyone.  Because of my love of helping, I am always doing things for others, and God has blessed me to meet some really great people all over the world.  I pray that God will always use me to help others who need a hand up.  My program is a positive one, where self-confidence, self-esteem, and empowerment are words we use to describe ourselves.

My program is still in need of a building to house our thrift store, classroom, and office.  We are praying for someone to bless us with a building, because we are a non-profit, they might lease to us to get the tax break. We are always in need of clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories for men and women.  Once we receive a building we will be in need of items for our thrift store.  We are not funded by anyone, so our money will come from items sold in the store; this money will fund our program needs.

On top of all of that, she also puts practical little tidbits on her website's newsletter.  If you would like to contact Mrs. Doretha, please go to http://www.easttexashelp.org/ and see all of the good things she's got going on.  And by the way, the next time she has a garage sale, you WILL want to be there.  :)


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