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."