At Lovedb4, we get women's and children's clothes, shoes and
purses directly from the closets of our friends and neighbors
in Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, and Beverly Hills.
Sometimes the clothes still have a scent of Chanel on them.
They are clean and loved and often brought to us in Nordstrom's bags.
We vet the clothes to make sure that there aren't stains or holes.
The clothes are donated directly to House of Hope, Harbor
Interfaith Services and other local organizations who give them
directly to women who can use them immediately.
I often drive the clothes myself to San Pedro and
speak to the directors of these agencies and the women
themselves help carry the clothes and household goods in.
The suits and elegant shoes are needed for them to go on interviews
and use for their jobs. Of course, they need everyday clothes as well.
I also get calls from PATH, House of Hope and Harbor Interfaith asking
for a long list of household items that these women need for their new
permanent apartment--towels, plates, silverware, cleaning supplies,
toothbrushes, toothpaste, mops, detergent, shampoo/conditioner, body lotion,
bath gel, the list goes on and on. Imagine showing up in a new
apartment with nothing other than the clothes on your back.
So if you want to donate food and household goods, let me know.
There is always a mother and her children moving into permanent housing
that need household items to get started. Many of these women have
been living out of their cars with their children for two or more years.
When the recession of 2008 hit, I lost my job.
As a single mother, I experienced many sleepless months
worrying about how I was going to pay for food,
the rent, utilities, clothes for my children.
It was my friends who came to my rescue
and sent me thousands of dollars
which got me through the worst period of my life.
My friends told me that they believed in me.
Sometimes that's all one needs to hear
to keep on going. It's what helped me.
I created lovedb4.com to give back to those
who may be going through now what I went through then.