PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Carver Center in Port Chester joined with the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, the Sharing Shelf and Family Services of Westchester for Girl-Topia last month.
Girl-Topia gives teen girls an opportunity shop for clothes in a makeshift store free of charge. The clothing is donated and volunteers set up the store. The Sharing Shelf collects clothing for infants, youths and teens and distributs the collected clothing free of charge to children countywide through more than 25 schools, social service agencies, hospitals and community programs, representatives said.
The Caring Closet Committee of The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound organized the event on Nov. 17 that drew in 112 shoppers to the Carver Center. The Committee ran a clothing drive to supplement donations collected from The Sharing Shelf. The group also collected all gift bag items from individuals and local businesses such as Tailgate Clothing Co., Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales. The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound set up shop at the Carver Center, a community center in Port Chester, that donated space.
Each girl received a certificate allowing her to pick at least a week's worth of warm items and, upon check-out, left with a gift bag stuffed with a new sweatshirt, a scarf and toiletries, representatives said.
More than 120 volunteers were on hand over the weekend and many were members of The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, Sharing Shelf volunteers, teens from local high schools and recent college graduates.
"It was a wonderful experience for all volunteers who were there to share the happiness of the girls and to see the smiles on the their faces," representatives said.