A youth and community center may be the last place you’d expect to find a boutique. But that’s exactly where the new Handled With Care Store can be found. Stamford’s Yerwood Center is now home to the boutique, which provides free clothing to underprivileged women and girls; a project led by Kids Helping Kids.
“They’re able to come here, shop, get wonderful clothing, and have a really dignified shopping experience,” says Jennifer Kelley, founder and executive director of Kids Helping Kids. “All of the clothing has been donated, from gently used clothing we pick the best of the best.”
With the help of a local interior design business, KHK volunteers worked hard to transform two rooms at the Center into a fully stocked boutique equipped with a dressing room.
“The Kids Helping Kids teens that created this store really value their ability to be able to shop and they wanted to make sure underserved kids would have that same ability,” says Kelley.
The store plans to host an open house this Friday, with the theme “Promising Pickings”. Each girl who attends will walk away with a free dress, accessories, and makeup tips from a local studio.
“It is open to the community for girls and women who are looking for fancy dresses for either prom, bat mitzvahs, maybe some graduation,” Kelley says. “It really is a way for us to, together as a community, give something special to teens that might not have this opportunity.”
The open house will take place on April 11 from 6 to 8 pm.
For more information about the Handled with Care Boutique and drop-off sites for donations, visit www.kidshelpingkidsct.org/handled-with-care