OUT WITH THE OLD
Worthington Christian donates old uniforms overseas
For the past many years, Worthington Christian’s Upper and Lower School campuses have collected gently used uniforms from school families to be re-purposed and sold at the annual Share the Ware event each August. This continues to be a wonderful opportunity for families to bless and be a blessing to each other, as all items are sold at a fraction of the cost of new uniforms and all proceeds directly benefit the school community through the Parent-Teacher Fellowship. This year’s process of uniform donation and Share the Ware (on Thursday, August 4th) has an especially unique dimension of blessing others, and it reaches far beyond Central Ohio!
In the summer of 2019, WC introduced refreshed school colors and branding in preparation for the school’s 50th anniversary. At that time, it was announced that all school uniforms would need to be updated by the 2022-23 school year. Now that year is here! This year’s Share the Ware event will reflect this transition, and only uniform items with updated branding will be available for purchase. While families have continued to donate old uniform items, many have wondered and asked, “What will happen to all of the uniforms that bear the old logo?” Saying “out with the old” to hundreds of outdated uniform items that are still in good condition seems like an unnecessary waste. Share the Ware founder and WC parent Heather Thomas took action to ensure that this would not be the case. Instead of being thrown out, recently donated uniforms with the old WC branding have been shipped out–across the world:
In partnership with the Columbus-based ministry Finish Line Ministries International, outdated WC uniforms were shipped and recently delivered to Southeast Africa. As part of a 13,000-pound shipment of clothing, these uniforms will be used to bless thousands of people in some of the poorest countries in the world–Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Another shipment of WC uniforms was recently delivered to Guatemala by a small team from one of WC’s long-time ministry partners, VisionTrust. This organization operates The Learning Center, which serves an indigenous community called Cruz Blanca outside of Guatemala City. WC uniforms will be used there for children in need of new clothing. Young people in this community who received some of the uniforms sent a heart-felt “gracias” (thank you) to the Worthington Christian community.
To those who have generously donated new and old uniform items: thank you! And to school families who are preparing for this school year, make sure to stop in to this year’s Share the Ware to take advantage of this unique event.