The Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique Provides Free Clothing to Hundreds of Teenage Girls in Westchester

PURCHASE, NY, Nov. 14, 2018 – Over 200 teenage girls hailing from all Westchester County attended The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester’s Teen Boutique this past Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. Each left the event with a week’s worth of clothing and a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

The Sharing Shelf’s Teen Boutique is a free, one-day pop-up clothing boutique that provides free clothing for teenage girls ages 13-19 from low-income households throughout the county. Racks of new and gently used clothing, comprised of thousands of donated items, are set up to create a trendy boutique atmosphere and girls are invited to choose and take home a week’s worth of clothing, shoes and accessories.

The event has become a mainstay in the community because although Westchester County has one of the highest median family incomes in the country, there are many families that live in poverty and new clothing is a luxury that they simply cannot afford. The Sharing Shelf works to fill this need by collecting new and gently-used clothing items throughout the year and organizing this biannual event – one in the fall and one in the spring. Girls are referred to attend the event by social service agencies, schools, food pantries, and other nonprofits that partner with the program.

This Teen Boutique, like all others, would not have been possible without the support of the community. The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound was the primary partner for the event and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle hosted the event at their Remington location. Over 200 volunteers spread across eight shifts and three days helped put the event together. Monroe College, Manhattanville College, Iona Preparatory, Remington Women’s Club and the Junior Board of Family Services of Westchester all sent volunteers. Delivering Goods donated new clothing, Scarsdale Synagogue and the Sunshine Committee at Ward Elementary School donated toiletries, and Miller’s of Mamaroneck donated a truck and driver to transport donated items for the event. Many community members also ran clothing drives for the event.

“I am wowed by the volunteerism and the spirt of generosity that powers this event. Teen Boutique brings together so many people, each working to benefit our wider community,” stated Deborah Blatt, Program Director.

For more information on Teen Boutique and how to get involved, please visit: www.fsw.org/teenboutique.

About The Sharing Shelf
Founded by Deborah Blatt in 2009, The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. The clothing is distributed at no cost to local children through more than 50 area nonprofits, schools and hospitals that partner with the program. To learn more about The Sharing Shelf, contact Deborah Blatt at (914) 305-5950 or by email at thesharingshelf@fsw.org.

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a nonprofit organization operating in Westchester County, New York since 1954. With over 40 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. Learn more about FSW here: www.fsw.org.

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