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The Lady in the Blue Car

For the past eight years, a woman in a blue car has been donating to Top Drawer Resale Shop. She never shares her name or asks for a donation receipt. She’s always very sweet and never lets anyone help her carry in the donations, moving very quietly in and out of the back door. One day the manager noticed she had a dog in the front seat and asked if she could go out to see the pup. She enjoyed time petting Cocoa while the donor continued to unload her trunk.

A few weeks later she was back, and the manager went out again to see Cocoa, softly chatting with her and stroking her soft fur. After unloading her donations, the lady in the blue car went out for one more thing. She brought in a box of Krispy Kreme donuts with a card and said it was from Cocoa.  She quickly left and it was obvious she didn’t want to stay to see the card read.

Here is what was written:

“I wanted to say thank you for being so nice to me when I visited in the car with my new momma last time. She explained to me what you do and I thought it sounded like you were doing something special. I have been saving my allowance and wanted to donate it. Please use it how you feel it is best needed. I’m glad you’re here to help others (and if you haven’t figured it out….make dogs happy too.) 

Be well, Cocoa (and the lady in the blue car)”

Tucked inside the card were five $20 bills.

Everyone at Top Drawer was so moved by the whole interaction and, after a few tears, they were able to enjoy the donuts, compliments of Cocoa. The lady in the blue car has affected everyone who has had the privilege of meeting her over the years. Each time she visits Top Drawer is truly a moment of grace.

The donations vary widely, but everything is always new or gently used and wrapped with loving care.  There have been new K-State sweatshirts, Beanie Babies, kitchen containers, whimsical yard art, several pieces of beautiful art work, new yoga towels, a couple of Steiff bears and much, much more.

Although nobody knows what has brought her to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care or why she feels so connected, her boundaries are carefully respected and the volunteers know not to ask.  But her actions have had a profound effect on everyone connected with Top Drawer. From the staff at Kansas City Hospice, to the many volunteers around the city and at Top Drawer, to the people and companies who donate, and to all who shop at Top Drawer – each gives of themselves in so many ways and truly make a difference in the lives of the people of Kansas City.

Thanks to the lady in the blue car! You’re a reminder that small actions may make a big difference, that caring about people may have a profound impact, and that giving back to the community enriches us all.

Top Drawer Resale Boutique is located in Leawood, Kansas and all proceeds benefit Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. The boutique is full of new and gently used clothing, bags, jewelry, home décor and artwork, all of which is donated by individuals, local shops and organizations. The staff is comprised of many dedicated volunteers.  Donations are accepted during regular business hours.

Top Drawer Resale Boutique

(Ranch Mart Shopping Center)

Monday – Saturday 10 am to 5:30 pm

9433 Mission Road

Leawood, KS 66206

913.642.2292

www.kchospice.org/top-drawer/

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