For Hanni F. Sherman, the importance of her work in the clothes closet comes from an experience deeply rooted in her past. As a refugee in Switzerland from 1933-1946, Hanni Sherman received clothes from an organization very much like FISH. At that time refugees were not allowed to work, for fear they would take jobs away from Swiss citizens. She was dependent on the kindness of others.
Circumstances are different now. For nearly 20 years, Hanni has joined a small group of volunteers who gather on Tuesdays in the FISH clothes closet. Her specialty is sewing and mending and her efforts make each piece of donated clothing look like new. The workers in the clothes closet take great pride in the cleanliness and high quality of each item they size, sort, and shelve. The goal is to make each item look like it came fresh from one’s own closet!
Hanni enjoys the camaraderie of this dedicated band of hard working volunteers. Together they create order out of the seemingly endless piles of bags and boxes that appear in the FISH collection area each week.
Truly, the work of the clothes closet carries blessings to both those who give and to those who receive.