"Cups of Kindness" ~ October, 2013

What happens when a thoughtful salesperson meets a coffee shop owner while browsing a mega-clearance rack at Dillard's Department Store?  Cups of Kindness!  What a great way to show some love to residents of the Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence, KY!  

(Read e-mail below for more information.)

Lisa's e-mail to Dillards 10/1/13:


Last night I met a wonderful lady at the Crestview Hills, KY store (Priscilla Shanks, a Certified Fitter in the Lingerie Department).  She happened to point out the $1.99 bra clearance rack and helped me with some selections (after providing a professional fitting). 


While browsing through the $1.99 rack and remarking at the incredibleprices, Priscilla said, "if I could, I would buy ALL of these and donate them to a local homeless shelter".  A light bulb went off in my head.  I can't believe that I didn't think of the idea first, since I have worked with the Brighton Center in Newport, KY for several years.  I told her about a local facility of theirs (the Women's Recovery Center in Florence, KY) that houses women who are recovering from addictions.  She immediately got goose bumps and told me about how she, in her youth, had been homeless for a period of time (not due to addiction, but a different circumstance). 


With Breast Cancer Awareness month coming up, I saw a wonderful (and extremely affordable opportunity) to do my part.  She proceeded to help me with ringing up 50 bras (which was not a quick process).  While doing so, she mentioned that she actually had a few Dillard's gift cards of her own that she wanted to donate towards the purchase of the bras - which she retrieved from her purse.  (She had actually received one of the gift cards as a reward for exemplary customer service, which I didn't find hard to believe.)  The receipt ended up being as tall as Priscilla (I took a photo!), and the bag as wide as me. 


We exchanged e-mail addresses, hugged and remarked at how we both felt we were destined to meet that evening.  Late last night I sent her an e-mail with an idea that I had about her going with me to the Women's Recovery Center, doing professional fittings on the ladies, and then giving them each a brand new bra.  She responded and stated that she would love to do that with me.  


Anyway, I just wanted to make sure the company was aware of this lady's giving mindset and generous heart, which I found extremely refreshing.  I left the store with a light heart and a spring in my step.  It certainly made my shopping experience much more enjoyable.  I am grateful for the connection that I made last night.

I would love to e-mail photos from my shopping excursion last night, if someone can provide me with a contact and an e-mail address.  Thank you!

(Lisa Ball, Walton, KY)

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