Erica John of NewThreads of Hope
In 1987, Erica John helped a major retailer donate excess merchandise to local charities. Inspired by the experience, John founded NewThreads of Hope, which links manufacturers and retailers and their surplus products, samples and returns with community-based social service agencies, schools and faith-based organizations.
By year’s end, NewThreads will have distributed more than $100 million worth of new clothing, shoes and bed, bath and household items to nonprofit agencies serving the needs of the less fortunate, children and seniors. On Monday, NewThreads celebrated the achievement by honoring John for her leadership, vision, dedication and financial support.
NewThreads relies heavily on volunteers to fulfill its mission. Readers interested in helping to sort, process or distribute donated items are encouraged to visit www.newthreads.org.