Kerry is working on the next Corporal Work of Mercy on her list which is to clothe the naked. She volunteers at a Catholic Worker House on the lower east side of Manhattan. The house has a clothing room where women can come and get 1 plastic grocery sack of free clothing with each visit. The clothes are neatly stacked and organized by size. After volunteering, Kerry goes home and has a new perspective on her closet. She ends up donating almost 60 articles of clothing and reminds readers that donating the items does not mean she loses any of the memories they might hold.
I haven’t handed clothing directly to a needy person, but I have had experiences that prompted me to donate. After completing a pilgrimage walk with only 2 outfits to wear over the course of 6 weeks, I came home feeling exhilarated that I could get by on so little. Each year I try to go through my clothing and donate anything I haven’t recently worn.
For your reflection:
When was the last time you went through your closets?
What prompts you to keep items that you know you don’t need?