Widow Donates Gift Bags To Nashville Rescue Mission Women

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On the anniversary of her late husband's passing, a Brentwood woman chooses to bring comfort to women at the Nashville Rescue Mission by donating gift bags filled with toiletries this Mother's Day weekend. 

Carol D. Harris' husband, James, died on May 11, 2009. The following year, she said instead of grieving she wanted to give back to focus on the women's campus at the Rescue Mission.

"God gave me this idea when I was working with another group (Ordinary Hero) and I was able to take this to the next level with their blessing," she said.

During her first year, Harris asked people to give from their hearts.

"I really start about Christmas time and just ask people to think about the mission and ask them to give," Harris said.

On Friday, volunteers met at Bethel World Outreach Church to fill nearly 250 bags. 

They filled bags with shampoos, lotions and combs for the women. This event has become an 8 year old tradition.

"It just warms my heart to know that people look beyond their own needs and want to be a blessing to others," she said. 

After stuffing bags, the group delivered the items to the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Cheryl Noe with the Rescue Mission said this delivery is extra special. 

"This one is particularly special because it's Mother’s Day. If you stop and really think about it to be a mother at the Rescue Mission with your children that’s just not what anybody really ever dreams of that day looking like so to know that there’s a concerned group of people, Carol and her friends, who look at this and say we’re really going to make a difference," Noe said. 

Harris said she knows this small delivery, handled with care can make a big difference. 

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