September 5, 2013
The YWCA received a wonderful surprise from YWCA supporter Amanda Graves, National Executive Director of Thirty-One Gifts, and the more than 40 other consultants and directors from Thirty-One. As part of their Thirty-One Gives initiative, they collected items to donate to the YWCA from our KIDS (Kids in Distress) Korner wish list and women’s clothing and accessories for My Sister’s Closet.
“People always have things they are trying to get rid of that are more useful for others, so every other month at our meetings I am always finding things that are needed for the YW,” says Graves.
Since 1989, KIDS Korner has provided quality care to over 2,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers who live in area homeless shelters. The program is free to parents and helps them to find work, participate in job training programs or seek housing, free from child care worries.
The YWCA Central Alabama’s Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Less than 8 percent of child care centers in the nation are accredited, and there are fewer than 10 organizations in Jefferson County.
“We are always looking for new things to help our children learn and grow,” says Delyne Hicks, Sr. Director Child Care Services. “This donation will help them do just that!”
My Sister’s Closet has been in operation for over 15 years, serving the needs of women not only at the YWCA, but all area shelters. Clients are referred to us by the counselors in each shelter and are given “gift certificates” to enable them to shop, free of charge, for the clothes and accessories that they need. My Sister’s Closet also serves as a resale shop – great prices for great clothes – with all proceeds going towards YW programs.
“Every item donated is greatly appreciated and will help the women we serve get back on their feet,” said Mary Jane Gibson, Coordinator of Volunteers and My Sister’s Closet.
Thirty-One is a faith-based direct sales company celebrating 10 years of business. Thirty-One is more than just a company that makes stylish handbags and utility products; it's a direct-selling company that is dedicated to giving back to their communities both locally and nationally. In this spirit, the Thirty-One Gives initiative was born to give back and pay forward.
The YWCA would like to extend a very special thank you to Amanda Graves and Thirty-One for their generous donation to the women, children and families that we serve. If you are interested in donating to the YWCA, please click here.
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