When I moved north recently to write my book I reduced my wearables to one suitcase. I currently work to 5 pairs of undies, one pair of jeans, two pairs of shorts, a jumper, a hoodie, a bikini and some shoes. I went through my wardrobe and did some serious culling…I’ve given some of my clothing away. And I’ve popped a handful of stuff on eBay. Buy them if you like. The proceeds are going to FebFast.
If you’re wanting to do a cathartic cull of your own sartorial excesses, you might want to try these ideas:
1. I’ve given away work clothes to Dress for Success…
…an organisation who provide suits to women entering, or returning to, the work force (after a stint in jail, or on welfare), thus solving the catch-22: without a job, how can you afford a suit? But without a suit, how can you get a job?
2. The rest I’ve given to The Adopt a Family program…
….who work with newly relocated (mostly Sudanese) families in Blacktown. Australia has a net gain of one international migrant every 5 minutes. Australian Bureau of Statistics 23/3/06. The ‘Adopt a Family’ program connects trained volunteers with refugees in Sydney for a period of 6 months, helping them with practical, physical support while they settle in Australia, like giving them something to wear.
Do you know of any good programs in your area that work directly with people needing good clothing? Post away below! Share!