Julie Ledet of Collierville had never been to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee before she saw a small item in her parish bulletin in August about helping to sort clothes for the Clothing Closet.
Now Julie spends 12 to 16 hours every week at Catholic Charities, working to create and maintain order in the flood of clothing donations that come into the agency.
“I just feel like there is such a need,” Julie said. “You often hear of the need, but you don’t really see it in Collierville. And folks are so appreciative of what we can give them.”
Julie recalls seeing one man come into the Clothing Closet who knew he would be sleeping outside that night. “He got a sheet, a coat and a pillow. That really puts things in perspective,” she said.
Louisiana natives, Julie and her husband Stu have lived in the Mid-South for more than 15 years and are parishioners at St. Anne Catholic Church on Highland.
Julie is committed to her volunteer work at Catholic Charities. “In the last few months, I have witnessed God’s love every day I’ve volunteered at Catholic Charities. I have seen it in the generosity of those who drop off donations, and I have seen it in the compassion and kindness and love of the staff as they do their work to help those who are in such need of all three. I truly believe that this is where God wants me to be – doing my small part in the incredible work that is done at Catholic Charities."
Julie has been so inspired by the work of Catholic Charities that she became a monthly donor to Catholic Charities -- a First Responder to Poverty. To learn more about being a First Responder, follow this link. To learn more about volunteering with Catholic Charities, follow this link.