Now, I know that my blog is seems to be centered around fashion and the occasional homemade recipe, but I also started this blog to talk about various topics in addition to fashion, like bits of my life and my passion for service – you know, volunteering and providing information about helping charitable organizations. Therefore, it is only natural for me to bring up this idea that has been beating around my head for several months, but lately for the past several weeks. Yes, weeks!
I have been keeping this idea to myself out of fear that no one would support it as I am not a noted blogger yet, and realizing that I might not get support from others who started following my blog for the fashion or other topics not related to candid issues such as homelessness. Nonetheless, I feel empowered sharing my thoughts on such an often vulnerable issue.
Though I have not had to experience to harsh reality of being homeless, I have been fortunate enough and am grateful that I have met those who were and are living this way. Each story is different but the issue is always the same. From misfortunes such as facing cancer and no being able to pay the bills to leaving an abusive relationship to start over with no familial support sometimes with just the clothes on their backs. As of late November 2014 to early January 2015, I had this idea beating around in my head to start a drive to support homeless shelters that are in the most need. The reason behind it being that oftentimes many of us support organizations by donating money to a cause, but go on living not sure if our money is going to the right place or how much a cause is being supported when the money trickles down. Though this does happen at times and it may not be true for most organizations, it eases my mind when I know that the products are going directly to the people I intend for it to reach. Hence, my idea to start a drive called ‘Clothe Thy Neighbor’ where I send essential supplies directly to the neediest shelters.
Here’s more photos of CYNY clothing:
Oddly enough, while researching similar outlets I came across an organization that is actually called, Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself (CYNY) which was founded by James Barnett. (This made me think of the proverbial saying – ‘anything under the sun…’) Barnett intentionally dedicated two years of his life to living homeless. Your can read of his story here. CYNY sells clothes and accessories that support people in need with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the cause. How awesome is that? Plus, the clothes are fashionable. Check out their popular “Make Love A Verb” t-shirt seen above. (I’ll probably get it in the tank top.)
Much like CYNY, Business Leaders of Tomorrow Leadership Empowerment Center (BLOTLEC) is a non-profit organization that provides aid for homelessness prevention in addition to entrepreneurship workshops and career development services training programs for youth and young adults. At this time, BLOTLEC is fundraising to aid to people who are currently facing life-changing issues such as home evictions. So far, the organization has raised $1,200 out of the $1,700 through the NYCharities.org needed to prevent individuals from losing their home by Thursday, May 14, 2015.
If you would like to help and know others who would like to donate, click here. Enter ‘Eviction Prevention’ in the Designate your donation to a specific program or fund text box.
I have to admit that these two organizations have only inspired me to work on my idea and make it happen.
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