School's out for summer! It's been a huge year for The Fashion Foundation and while everyone is excited for summer vacation, we want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible school year we've had with our partner schools and communities.
Over the last school year, we impacted thousands of local children in need throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Staten Island, Long Island and the Bronx. From school supplies, to holiday gifts, to clean clothing, and everything in between, we've been there when our partner schools call. Here are some of the highlights that you made happen!
We transformed an empty room into a beautiful, colorful, closet, filled with free clothing for the children in that school to have access to 24/7. We created a space in the school where the children could get whatever they needed without feeling embarrassed. We will continue to keep this closet fully stocked with clothing, warm winter essentials, and more.
We distributed backpacks filled with holiday gifts, school supplies, warm winter essentials and more to over 2,000 local children! We worked with four schools during the holiday season to get their kids special holiday surprises. In December, we partnered with Brooklyn based nonprofits, Destiny Helpers Outreach and What About The Children to host a holiday distribution in the park for local families and children.
Hygiene and School Supply Kits
We have seen an increased demand in hygiene and school essentials from local schools. We worked with five different schools with approximately 1,177 students from pre-school through 12th grade. Each school received the essentials their particular students needed like deodorant, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, art supplies, notebooks, and much more.
Clean clothing and essentials like underwear and socks are some of our most requested items from schools, shelters and communities in need. With our community partners help, we distributed brand new clothing to over 2,500 people across New York! We distributed sneakers, pajamas, clothing, socks, underwear, backpacks and winter essentials where needed.
It was the week before Thanksgiving and a community needed turkeys! We helped provide turkeys to feed hundreds of people at a Thanksgiving Dinner at Eagle Academy School in Brooklyn.
7 Habits Club
Brentwood Middle School created the 7 Habits Club for students to join to help guide them in their careers and life by focusing on 7 positive habits. We provided brand new art supplies for the students to create vision boards to plan out their dreams. Then we provided 15 students with the opportunity to get a new outfit that portrays their career choice.
Once all this was done, the students created a fashion show in front of their classmates to showcase their vision boards, talk about their career goals and dreams and strut down the runway in their new outfit.
Arts & Theater Program
We're continuing to support an Arts & Theater Program we helped to create for a high school in Brooklyn. This school year, we provided a laptop so the students can create music, technology so they can learn how to code and various tools for the program.
We provided gym equipment to a school in Queens that specializes in children with special needs. The equipment we sent will help the students be active with activities like gymnastics, jump roping, hula hooping and more.
Our customers, donors, fashion industry contributors and supporters help us continue to make our impact. During the school year, our impact was big and our merchandise donations were even bigger! We had brands donate over 600 boxes of designer merchandise, equating to over 40,000 pieces! We received handbags, athleisure, clothing, pajamas, hair accessories, shoes, sunglasses, you name it, we probably got it!
This was our biggest year yet and while we impacted thousands of children all over New York with various programs, do you know what they all have in common? Smiles.
Thank you for supporting The Fashion Foundation and helping make this impact happen! We couldn't have done it without you and we can't wait for the next school year.