Here's what a few
students did as a part of Catherine's Closet to make a difference:
Sgt. Mahasin El Amin, of the
Plainfield Police Division Domestic Violence/Megan's Law Unit:
bought 60 gowns for my Cinderella PROM
Project. The goal of the Cinderella Prom Project/Prom Giveaway is to
cover the costs of their gown,
jewelry, shoes and accessories. It is a way to give back to our
community and it allows the young ladies to know their
community supports them.
Michelle L.: Having
previously donated to Catherine's Closet through another volunteer, I
decided to start my own
collection from friends and neighbors in town. I used social media to
spread the word locally and collected 58 dresses, plus accessories. My
was filled to the brim with gowns - it was amazing! One of the dresses
was from a neighbor. It was a beautiful custom made gown she had worn
for her son's bar mitzvah, nearly a decade ago. When I saw the young
the dress on, I was so excited that this gorgeous gown found a new
sitting in a closet for so long, it finally got new life with someone
who not only
wanted it, but needed it. The whole day was filled with moments like
witnessed a mother cry as she watched her daughter find the perfect
gown for her
prom. And I helped the nicest woman find the dress she planned to wear
sorority reunion. As soon as she tried it on, she was ecstatic; "this
is the one, this is it" she kept saying. Turns out that was another one
of the dresses I donated from my drive. I was so thrilled to see so
girls and women walk out of the event not just with gowns, but many of
the ones I
knew came from my friends and community. It was amazing to see, to
physically witness, our contributions helping so many others.
Kia W.: Volunteered
at 3 give-aways, was a personal shopper and a bagger.
Tro-jah I.: Made a
1000 copies of flyers for Catherine's Closet, and baked with intentions
Samantha B.: Sent
out e-mails, sorted dresses, advertised, and participated in the
Sheerah Ann L.:
constructed time-sheets, distributed flyers, re-designed organizations
donation card, and numbered entrance tickets.
Joran S.: Sent out
emails, made phone calls, sorted dresses, attended officer and
membership meetings and assisted in moving the dresses.
Overlooked advertising, member of the mending and sorting committees,
volunteered on give-away day.
Jacquetta Ashley G.:
Flyer promotions in Newark and New York and sold tickets for "Tricky
Xiomara B.: Created
greeting cards for scholarship fundraisers, designed and constructed
event table centerpieces and signs.
Lisa B: Wrote
letters, sent out emails, created flyers, sorted dresses and
participated in committee meetings.
Latice T.: Made
posters for community sale, designed Catherine's Closet buttons,
created event banners.
Ali L.: Introduced
Monmouth Counties to the Catherine's Closet charity. Collected dresses,
sorted and helped with shopping days, made flyers for distribution,
know what your group
is doing to get the word out about Catherine's Closet and making a
difference and we'll post it right here on CatherinesCloset.org.