Deeds for Needs, Inc. and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford joined forces to help keep kids in need warm during the cold winter months through an innovative clothing drive – or “boutique” – held at the Mandell Jewish Community Center on Jan. 13. The brainchild of Deeds for Needs co-founders Robin Fierston, Stephanie Gitlin and Melissa Weinstock, who collaborated with Federation, here’s how it worked: Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford came up with a list of 100 items of clothing needed by more than 50 area children – infants through teenagers – who are among their client families. Participants had several options: they could select an item on the list and drop it off at the boutique; buy an item of clothing at the boutique from the section pre-purchased and on display; or make a monetary donation for items to be purchased for future needs.
“This idea was ingenious,” said Anne Danaher, executive director of Jewish Family Services, “they set up a clothing ‘boutique’ so that people could participate and fill needs immediately. This drive served a significant need for children who are served at JFS who may not have been able to purchase this warm clothing otherwise.”
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