When I was at Stephens College working on my Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design, I interned at Cotton Inc. in New York.

As I was eating lunch, I saw a poster for a volunteer position at a trunk show happening that following weekend.

I thought it would be fun to do and it gave me a chance to get out and explore New York.

My main duties were to maintain the integrity of the showroom; re-positioning products, cleaning the area, and talking to the guests.

I don't remember the name of the showroom but what I do remember was that the proceeds were going to a charity called Free Arts For Abused Children.

They empower at risk children and abused children through arts and creativity.

I chose to donate to this charity because I was a victim of abuse as a child. I wish this charity was available to me because not only did I need healing but I loved art and design.

Although I didn't receive that kind of help as a child, I am thankful that this is an available resource for abused and at risk children.

If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, I implore you to get help.

There are many people out there whose professions are to help and heal those of us who have suffered or are suffering. I encourage you to use those resources.

You deserve it.

Charities for you to follow and donate if you wish:

  • Free Arts NYC and Free Arts LA
  • charity: water : "Is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of public donations go to water projects."
  • FEED: "We create good products that help feed children around the world."
What charities do you support? Let me know: