06 May Women’s Clothing Donation Gives Survivors The Chance To Start Over
Organization: Garage Sales Against Violence
Lives Impacted: 500+
As Told to Good360 by Garage Sales Against Violence
Garage Sales Against Violence, located in Flushing, NY, provides women and children basic necessities, goods and services to those who are displaced due to domestic violence in order to start over. Every year we host a huge holiday giveaway exclusively for the women and their kids living in various domestic violence shelters. Many of these women have no clean clothing and feel ashamed repeating their outfits. After escaping their abusive environments with nothing more than the clothing on their backs, it is very wonderful and esteem–building to be able to offer them a great selection of beautiful, well-made clothes. This year we were worried we would not have enough to offer these mothers desperately seeking to bring holiday cheer to their kids, but thanks to these donations, we are proud to say this was our best event ever.
During each distribution event, they are able to receive a toy for each of their children and thankfully we have been able to increase our distribution every year. The women left feeling beautiful and glamorous and we were able to do more to enrich their lives. I have personally been working with a woman who relocated through a series of cross country moves due to the severity and relentless nature of her abuser. This year, thanks to these wonderful plus–sized donations, she was able to get winter boots and clothing in her size. She has been washing and wearing the items we have procured for her in the past but they were tight and not as beautiful as these amazing new products. “It was a dream come true,” she stated, and we realized that many plus–sized women get the short end of the stick when it comes to donations due to lack of sizes. Thank you Good360 for helping these women start over and find peace after years of torment.