Day 92 – The Shirt Off Your Back

I grab a big plastic box in the backroom at Trader Joe’s and set it in our break room.  Above it I post a sign that says that I am organizing a clothing drive for a few local shelters.  This feels like a ‘no brainer’.  If anyone has extra clothes around it would be our store’s employees….they give us so many free work shirts.  I know I have more than a few extra work shirts.  For being a loyal subject at Trader Joe’s, they give my a big goofy Hawaiian shirt every year.  I have never worn any of them.  They sit in my limited closet space….limiting space.  So if I have stuff to donate I am sure the 139 other employees can find something to give to people living on the street or in a shelter for whatever reason.  A few days ago I called the St. Vincent dePaul shelter and a local battered women’s and family shelter.  They both are almost always in need of clean clothing donations.  So hopefully when I come back to work tomorrow or the next day this bin will be overflowing.  We will see…

This painting feels like the empty bin that sits in the break room.  It has potential.  This painting has been in my studio for months.  I painted the background but never finished it.  I can’t bring myself to do anything else to it.  I just like the way it looks in its current state.  So I am submitting this as today’s painting.  What would you do to finish this painting?


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2 Responses to Day 92 – The Shirt Off Your Back

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    Wait a minute…..I thought TJ employees had to wear those Hawaiian shirts! I love those shirts; that and being able to wear comfortable shoes to work had kept me wanting to get a job there for years, but alas and alack, there are never any openings posted for stores in this area.
    What a simple, but brilliant idea to collect clothing; how humbling to think how so many have so much and yet so many have so little. I heard on some broadcast that the people who answer kids’ letters to Santa are noticing that fewer are asking for toys and games and more are asking for warm coats, hats, mittens, etc, this year….heartbreaking. Hope your bin spilleth over when you next return to work!
    I find today’s painting very intriguing and seems perfect just the way it is….I’m very much looking forward to seeing how your art begins and progresses……

    • giftprolific says:

      We do have to wear those….but once a year they give us a special one and it is usually hideous. LOL. Yeah that sounds rough about he kids asking for clothes. hmm. I wonder what we could do on a larger scale….

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