I have an incurable habit of storing “stuff”. Clothes, in particular.
For over 5 years, an entire rack of corporate suits hung in my wardrobe collecting dust.
While my Mama days no longer has a use for them, it would be corporate fashion faux pas to simply dump them.
In my defence as an insatiable hoarder, these suits are BEAUTIFUL.
Classically tailored and expensive.
No longer being able to ignore the growing, nagging feeling urging me to get rid of them, I thought the new year would be perfect timing.
After all, it would be another step in my quest to work on the small things that matter.
Last week I finally packed the suits and called Fitted For Work – a volunteer driven organisation with a mission to assist women experiencing disadvantage.
There are clients who may be suffering a lack of self-esteem and confidence or for whatever reason, going through a particularly tough time but want to become self-efficient and financially independent.
Fitted For Work has a boutique supplied with donated corporate clothes that their clients can use for job interviews and to help them with the kick start their ambitions to enter the work force.
Along side clothing donations, Fitted For Work is always looking for ex or present corporate professionals, especially women, who are willing to be mentors or help a client with job interview and corporate styling tips.
I walked into their Parramatta office with 2 big garbage bags of clothes, had a meeting with two staff members, Liz and Dawn who filled me in on the boutique but also how busy they are with training programs for the clients.
Almost an hour later, I left with the promise to commit my time as a volunteer at the boutique and to also be a mentor for the Transition to Work Program.
Cannot tell you how long it’s been since I’ve felt such excitement after a meeting.
And hey, my beloved suits found the perfect home.
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