As junior year comes to an end I just want to reflect on my journey with reWEARable. When my college counselor suggested I start my own non profit to collect dresses for girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them for prom, I thought how could I, a 15 year old high schooler collect enough dresses, shoes, and accessories to make a difference? I’ll tell you, honestly, one step at a time. The first thing I did in August was come up with a name. Actually, my moms best friend did, thanks Shira! The second thing was, get a lawyer and create a 501c3 to establish reWEARable as a non profit, which my dad helped me do, thanks dad! The third and probably the hardest but most exciting was to reach out to family, friends, and basically my entire community for dresses, shoes, and accessories! I made calls, I went to stores, I sent texts, I wrote emails, I asked friends of friends, of friends if they knew anyone willing to donate. Our friends, family, and community came through with flying colors! My house was basically a store having collected almost 300 dresses by January. Every time I thought things were sized and organized another load of dresses came in. I was almost in over my head but thanks to my mom and the best 6th grade girl I know, Bella Collins our Sunday’s became like a princess parties. At the event on March 22nd we surpassed our goal with close to 800 dresses. Without the community’s support reWEARable would have never happened. Local stores, high end retailers out of New York, people in the neighborhood, and Marshalls put donation boxes in 24 of their break rooms, the dresses came pouring in and this is just to name some of the support. In the end, we put on two amazing events and helped with another. It was not only incredibly rewarding to see girls smiling in their prom dresses but the overwhelming happiness of their teachers, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends who knew what a weight had been lifted off their shoulders. I am proud to say through reWEARable I was able to give hundreds of girls their ‘princess moment’. I’m proud of what I started and can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring.
So, what’s reWEARable been up to? Well, Marshalls is on board for next year! We are reaching out to tons of new vendors and stores this year, some are even approaching us! We are already scouting out locations in Detroit to hold events. ReWEARable wants to host several events this year so, if you think your school would be interested please send us an email. We are also looking for teens 9, 10, and 11th grade to form a reWEARable board. We will be electing positions late Fall/early Winter. Look out for that information on Facebook and Instagram! Thank you for all of your support! Xxoo reWEARable