|Northwest Children’s Outreach, Hillsboro, OR|
NCO describes themselves
“functioning as a collection and distribution center, collecting resources for [children in need] and distributing the goods to local care providers who meet directly with and prescreen the children.”
Northwest Children’s Outreach has many needs.
Heather ensured I understood that everything at NCO is donated. Not just clothing and toys – but supplies, labor, even the warehouse space itself is contributed. The only bills for which the organization is responsible are the light and heat. My hands still hadn’t warmed from coming inside. I’m guessing they watch that heat bill pretty carefully.
Incoming donations are immediately separated into cubbies designated for diapers, clothing (newborn to teen), books, shoes, hygiene products, toys and a plethora of baby paraphernalia. From the cubbies, toys and books are delivered to their appointed rooms. One office space contains all baby needs: clothes, formula, cribs, infant toys, breast pumps, etc.
Periodically, I would find clothing that was stained, out-dated, or inappropriate for school wear. Putting these items aside, they would be picked up later by a representative from Birch Community Services. Birch takes what NCO can’t use for its own services to the those living in poverty. Items that are too stained to be worn get turned into cleaning rags. Nothing is wasted.
My 4th grade daughter is invited to a classmate’s birthday party. Instead of gifts, this decade old child is asking friends to each bring a package of diapers that will be donated to a family through Northwest Children’s Outreach. I know of adults who wouldn’t give up presents or grown-up toys to help others in need. I stand in awe of this 10 year old who clearly has shown that she embodies the nature of a servant.