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AmeriCorps members help over 75 Paterson families with clothing drive

By Jonathan Greene
Published: January 22, 2016


More than 75 city families received an opportunity to shop for luxury clothing items at the New Jersey Community Development Center (NJCDC) headquarters this week at no charge thanks to the AmeriCorps members who organized a clothing drive to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Families shopped for 30 items each for ladies and girls from a collection donated by a luxury brand. The generous brand wished to remain anonymous. Families shopped for coats, suits, sweaters, blazers, dresses, skirts, pants, belts, and shoes.

Women were able to pick out professional attires at the event to use when attending job interviews increasing their chances of obtaining employment. The parents were pleased with the children’s clothing selection. Many needed new clothing for their growing children.

Families then “shopped” at NJCDC’s headquarters for up to 30 free items each of ladies’ and girls’ clothing generously donated by a luxury brand designer that wishes to remain anonymous.

Before the shopping spree, the parents attended a workshop called “Vision for Families.” AmeriCorps members talked about healthy lifestyle, household budgeting, and family activities in winter months.

Children created family vision boards visualizing their dreams, inspirations, and goals while their parents attended the workshop.

NJCDC’s AmeriCorps members thought the clothing drive was the best way to commemorate Martin Lither King Day celebrated throughout the nation as a day of service.

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