“Overwhelmed with Joy:” Store Owner Reports Successful Clothing Drive – Shelby County Reporter
By EMILY SPARACINO | Editor-in-chief
ALABASTER – The owner of a local shop reported a huge turnout for her recent clothing drive for victims of domestic violence.
Shabby Kidz Lane owner Keela Lowery invited community members to bring lightly used clothing and non-perishable food to her shop on Saturday October 9 in recognition of October as Violence Awareness Month domesticated.
âI have tried so hard to find the right words of gratitude for everyone who has donated,â Lowery said. “My heart is overwhelmed with joy for everyone who supported this year’s clothing drive.”
Lowery said people brought a variety of clothes, including maternity clothes, babies, children, juniors, women and men, as well as shoes, blankets and food.
She also noted the support and authorization from the city of Alabaster for the lights of the water tower to be purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Lowery said she was amazed by the outpouring of support for a cause she advocates through personal experience.
“(It’s) a beautiful thing to see so many people coming together to help those who are still or are just emerging from the toxic environment they live in,” she said. âAwareness of domestic violence is something God put in my heart. Being a winner myself, I can honestly feel the pain, the anxiety, the assumptions that these women and children and men feel.
Those who brought clothes for SafeHouse of Shelby County and food for a nonprofit called Three Hearts One Mission received discounts on their purchases at Lowery’s store.
âI am so blessed that God gave me a platform to help others and what is so close to my heart by bringing more awareness,â she said. “God was definitely the center of this garment drive.”
Although the big collection day was October 9, Lowery said she would continue to accept clothing and non-perishable food in her store.
âThis year’s clothing drive was definitely blessed by God, and I believe so many people will be touched to see communities come together just for them,â said Lowery. “It is the love of Jesus, and I pray blessings on everyone who has helped in any way.”
Shabby Kidz Lane is located at 1123 1st St. N. Suite B in downtown Alabaster.