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Free Shopping Spree for Disadvantaged Teenaged Girls

Sharing Shelf volunteers sort clothes


WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Carver Center, 400 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester

WHAT: Girl-Topia is a pop-up boutique for girls ages 13 to 18 from families in financial need. The girls are invited to come to a store-like environment, created by volunteers and stocked with donations from the local community, to look through racks of items, try on clothing, and choose what they would like. Each girl receives a certificate entitling her to choose a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing (at least 21 items) as well as a choice of accessories such as shoes, pajamas, robes and dresses.  Clothing is new or gently worn and volunteers carefully screen everything before the event to make sure it’s contemporary and good quality. Volunteers from area beauty salons will be on hand to provide free makeovers and hair-styling, and each girl will leave with a goody bag filled with donated toiletries. Girl-Topia Fall 2013 is a joint project of The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, and the Port Chester Carver Center.

CONTACT: For more information or to set up a time to attend GIRL-TOPIA, call Deborah Blatt on her cell phone at (914) 355-9121.

BACKGROUND: Founded by New Rochelle resident Deborah Blatt and FSW in 2009, The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used children’s clothing, then distributes the items to more than 1,800 needy children a year, at no cost to the children or their families. Each month, volunteers assemble more than 1,000 outfits for at least 150 children and teens, providing each child a week of seasonally appropriate clothing. Blatt partners with more than 30 agencies, programs, schools and hospitals county-wide to distribute the clothing.  The Sharing Shelf is founded and run by volunteers and corporate or school groups can volunteer at the program’s Port Chester warehouse. To learn more about FSW’s Sharing Shelf, contact Deborah Blatt at (914) 305-5950 or by email at

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