Yesterday I really thought about what the holidays mean. I had a conversation with a friend about how I feel so good about myself after I've given a gift. Better than I do after I've received one.
Today's post isn't an outfit recreation, or a featured fashionista. It's not about my holiday wish list, or the new Winter line at J.Crew. Today's post is about giving.
I challenge you to clean out your closets and give to those in need. It's getting cold outside, really cold, and we sometimes take for granted the 18 scarves we have in a box we never open in our closet. We take for granted the sweatshirt we have in 4 different colors. We have enough. Too much. And as winter creeps in, what better way spread holiday cheer than to give warmth to families in need.
I've listed a couple suggestions of retailers and charities in Baltimore and beyond. Feel free to add to this list by suggestions other programs or organizations in my comments section below. Inspire your family and friends-- challenge them to give this holiday season.
Yay for local organizations! Suited to Succeed is a Baltimore organization that works with women transitioning from unemployment and job training programs into the workforce. They provide free business clothing and career-related programs/workshops that will help women achieve their goal of self-sufficiency.
Learn more about Suited to Succeed.
Different organizations- same idea. With drop off locations almost everywhere and with such a wide reach, these are great options to help families across the U.S. You can bring new or gently used items to any locations/thrift stores. Just by doing so, you're providing clothing at a drastically reduced price. Not everyone can afford the new Gap cardigan you covet. But last year's cardigan, that you've worn maybe 6 times, and that is collecting dust in your drawer-- give it away. That's gold to someone else.
Learn more about Salvation Army and Goodwill.
Ruth's Closet, or any other program funded by domestic violence organizations, is another great way to go. Developed by the House Of Ruth Maryland, Ruth's Closet offers high quality, gently worn merchandise such as Chanel, Tod’s, Paul Smith for Women, Nanette Lepore and Milly at affordable prices. (Um... did you read that correctly? Fab brands!) Staffed primarily by dedicated volunteers, 100% of the profits will fund programs to help victims of domestic violence and their children rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.
Learn more about Ruth's Closet.