The Sharing Shelf of FSW to Host its Teen Boutique in Partnership with the Junior League of Central Westchester
March 7, 2019 – The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) today announced the kickoff of a donation drive for teen girls’ clothing and personal items. New and gently used donations are needed for the upcoming Teen Boutique, an event created by The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester (FSW). Teen Boutique is a one-day free shopping boutique for girls ages 13-19 from families in financial need. The private event will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle in early May.
The Sharing Shelf will welcome at least 250 girls, referred through schools and area not-for-profit organizations such as community groups, social service agencies and food pantries. Each shopper will select a week’s worth of spring and summer clothing and accessories including shirts, shorts, sweaters, skirts, dresses, shoes, pants, jewelry, bras, new socks and new underwear.
The JLCW is calling on the local community for donations to make the event a success. Clothing should be gently used or new, in clean, wearable condition and seasonally appropriate. Accepted sizes are Teen/Adult S to XL and pants 0-20. There is an acute need for Adult L/XL tops and pants in women/teen size 10 (30) and larger.
“Clothing is critical to a child and teen’s self-esteem. We get up each day and get dressed. Sadly, there are many children in our county who are “clothing insecure” and lack access even to these basics. Teen Boutique has been a vast success because it empowers the teen girls to access and choose the essential items they need to thrive, enabling them to feel valued and more confident,” said Deborah Blatt, Program Director and Founder of The Sharing Shelf. “We are excited to pair with the JLCW once again. With each Teen Boutique, we see the power of the Westchester community coming together to make it happen, and we look forward to the continued support of those who need it most.”
“It is our honor to partner with The Sharing Shelf on this event, as we share the common goal of enabling young women to reach their full potential,” stated Sandra Katz, President of the JLCW. “We encourage the community to participate in the drive as a way to give back to those that need these basic items. We have seen first-hand how this event can lift the spirits and improve the mindset of teen girls.”
Through the month of March, donations can be dropped off on the porch at the JLCW’s Wayside Cottage at 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY. For more information and ways to get involved, visit their website at http://www.jlcentralwestchester.org/teenboutique.
About the Junior League of Central Westchester
The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Headquartered at historic Wayside Cottage, the JLCW has served the communities of Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains for 70 years. Our approximately 250 active and sustaining members are accomplished collaborators who identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The JLCW welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities. Read more at www.jlcentralwestchester.org.
About the Sharing Shelf of FSW
The Sharing Shelf is Westchester’s clothing bank for children. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens and new school supplies. We then distribute those items to children in need at no cost. The Sharing Shelf was founded by a volunteer in 2009 and relies on volunteers to achieve its mission. Read more at www.fsw.org/sharingshelf