About Miriam's Basket
Why We Serve
Miriam’s Basket was born out of a desire the Lord placed in our hearts to make a difference.
We started hearing about children who would have to be taken out of their homes due to critical situations. When a child is removed from a home, there is typically not adequate clothing available to take with them. Even if it is a workable situation and the child remains in their home, many times clothing is not adequate.
The children we work with too often have had to settle for what life has handed them. They should not have to settle for less than the best when they need clothes and shoes. That’s where we step in!
We work off of referrals from local child protective service agencies. They reach out to us when they are involved in a case where children need clothing and we respond with a personalized bag. All bags are delivered to the referring agency.
Miriam’s Basket is a not-for-profit organization established April 2011 to provide clothing and shoes for children of Clay County, Florida who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or personal tragedy.
Our mission is to intervene in the critical times of the children of Clay County, Florida, by providing items such as clothing, shoes and socks, pajamas, underwear, coats, etc., as mandated in Matthew 25:31-40.
"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me…"
Meet Linda and David
Linda and her husband David Grabowski, co-founders of Miriam’s Basket, have been married since 1975. They have three children and two grandchildren. Linda taught preschool and kindergarten for 20 years and has always had a heart for children.
Linda was taught by her mother, “If you see a need, do something about it.” When she and her husband learned about the urgent need for clothing by children who had to be removed from their homes, they knew they needed to respond.
“We couldn’t get it out of our hearts and quickly discovered it was God who brought the need to our attention. We said, ‘Yes, Lord,’ stepped out in faith, and Miriam’s Basket was born."
The name Miriam’s Basket, was chosen in honor of Linda's mother, Miriam, a woman who always took great joy in giving to and blessing others. Miriam owned a children’s shop for several years and many times, she would take brand new clothes off the racks and give them to parents for their children. She could see there was a need, so she wrapped up the clothes, and handed them over. With a hug and a smile she said, “You take these and have a blessed day.”
In the Bible, baby Moses was laid into a basket, then placed in the river for his safety from Pharaoh. His sister, Miriam, protected what was in the basket because it was precious to her. What was in that basket, grew up to be a great prophet who lead the children of Israel out of bondage.
So we are… Miriam’s Basket.