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GIVING BACK

(CON TI N U ED)

INSIDE THE DOOR OF WOMEN GIVING BACK’S STERLING BOUTIQUE IS A SIGN QUOTING PROVERBS 31:25. “SHE IS CLOTHED IN STRENGTH AND DIGNITY.” IT’S WHY WGB VOLUNTEERS SAY WHAT THEY OFFER ISN’ T SO MUCH CLOTHES AS CONFIDENCE. the county’s students are homeless. WGB

might see families that have been separated

also helps during humanitarian crises,

because one of their members got deported,

shipping clothes to Haiti after the hurri-

and they were the only breadwinner of the

cane and to Jordan for Syrian refugees.

house. A lot of times, it is domestic violence

In the face of all that need, local women have opened their hearts and closets. Even

victims who may have fled their homes with the clothes on their back.”

by IRS standards, WGB’s boutique houses $2

Nicole says that women sometimes

million in inventory. More importantly, Nicole

drive up to the store and sit in their car cry-

says, “It’s quality clothing—some with designer

ing, unable to get out. “But when they come

labels and many still bearing new tags!”

in and are treated with so much respect,

Every photo taken for this article fea-

they tell us it was completely different than

tures clothes, shoes, jewelry, scarves

what they were expecting. It brings a little bit

and purses all literally plucked “off the

of normalcy back into their lives when they

rack” by their wearers the morning of our

get to come and shop here.”

impromptu fashion show.

Adding to the aura of a true retail experience,

Teen volunteers exercise both compassion

Bombas just donated 1,500 pairs of new socks

and fashion sense in helping to style WGB

from a special line made with the homeless

clients and work alongside workforce profes-

community in mind that is odor resistant, stays

sionals who help women “dress for success”

drier and doesn’t have to be washed as often.

and that all-important job interview. There’s

California retailer Isabelle ships maternity

even a standing volunteer job description

clothes whenever they run low. Hue supplies

for “personal shopper,” something 13-year-

socks, leggings and accessories. T.J. Maxx

old Lindsay Fox says she enjoys way more

donates seasonal items like Halloween cos-

than sorting clothes. She likes helping peo-

tumes and backpacks on top of funding from

ple look and feel good in what they wear. And

the TJX Foundation. Still in short supply is new

that, as it turns out, is WGB’s true “value add”

underwear, so finding retail partners to help

for women in need: the care and concern

with those, cosmetics, toiletries and feminine

with which they’re treated.

hygiene products would be a boon.

Inside the door of Women Giving Back’s

As Nicole pauses to try to think of any

Sterling boutique is a sign quoting Proverbs

other ongoing needs, she’s a little trans-

31:25. “She is clothed in strength  and dig-

ported by giggles and exclamations over

nity.” It’s why WGB volunteers say what they

each model’s next outfit as volunteers pre-

offer isn’t so much clothes as confidence.

pare for their moment in the spotlight.

The major effect of life’s setbacks to

“Normally when women come here for

women often is the blow their confidence

the first time, they gravitate towards the

takes in having to ask for help, even though

purses because every woman wants a

a reversal of fortune can happen to anyone.

nice purse,” she says. “When they find a

“We have seen people who have had a

designer bag, they just beam. I was wrap-

health issue, and they get backed up on bills

ping up a Coach purse for a lady who said,

and lose their house. We’ve seen one-in-

‘No, no. I’m going to carry that out!’ It is so

come households that lose their job. We

much fun to see them so happy.”

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Leesburg Lifestyle | September 2019

The executive director, Nicole Morris

Profile for Lifestyle Publications

Leesburg, VA September 2019  

September 2019 Issue of Leesburg Lifestyle

Leesburg, VA September 2019  

September 2019 Issue of Leesburg Lifestyle