I wish you all a prosperous, healthy, and joyous new year. It seems as though we were just celebrating 2014! Many people ring in the year by setting goals that are often unfulfilled. Let’s make 2015 a successful year. What better way to hold myself accountable than to publicize my goals? This year my goals are simple. While I exercise seven days a week, I want to vary my workouts and do a better job of incorporating more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Secondly, in what seems to be a reverse goal from most out there, I would like to work on being more positive and having more fun.

Instead of focusing on a fashion trend, I would like to begin the year by sharing some of my favorite places to donate clothing. The new year is a great time to give to those less fortunate, and there are some great organizations that help empower men and women.

1. Dress for Success

Dress for Success is a wonderful non-profit organization that focuses on giving women the guidance they need to enter the work force and provide for their families. I have just begun getting involved with this organization in Houston, Texas, and I have been inspired by the many men and women who give countless hours to help others.

If you have gently used business/business casual attire, consider sending them to your local Dress for Success location. These clothes will be given to women in need who are engaged in the job search. Black handbags and portfolios are also in high demand.

2. The Cinderella Project

The Cinderella Project is another fantastic non-profit organization that serves to instill confidence in young underprivileged young women. If you have a gently used dress and/or accompanying accessories, consider donating them to this organization. They distribute gowns and accessories to young women in time for prom. Just think what a difference you could make by helping a young girl look beautiful on her special night.

3. Goodwill

Many of you are familiar with Goodwill, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping men and women across the globe. Several of my friends have gone to their local Goodwill store to purchase clothing or accessories for various parties. When you donate clothing, furniture, or other essentials to Goodwill, they serve those in need in many different ways. Donated clothing is shelved in stores that provide jobs to the underprivileged. Clothing is also given to men and women, boys and girls in local shelters.

There are numerous other organizations that may be unique to your area. Wherever you decide to give, I applaud you for joining in the effort to help others. I look forward to dropping off clothing to Dress for Success Houston.

Have any favorite charities you would like to share? I would love to hear all about them!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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