Community rallies to support women getting back on their feet

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by Danielle Grant & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 11:54 AM

SPOKANE-- A local nonprofit is struggling to keep clothes on their shelves, so Spokane’s Hotel Motel Association decided to do something about it.

They gathered donations together to give the YWCA exactly what it’s looking for.

The YWCA’s project Our Sister’s Closet helps low income women get back on their feet by providing clothes for work, interviews and training.

The clothing bank was running low on white shirts and black pants because women transitioning back into the work force often take hospitality jobs that require a standard work outfit.

When the Hotel Motel Association found out about the shortage, it quickly put on a clothing drive, and the community stepped up in a big way.

“It’s great for the hospitality community. They heard there was a need at the YWCA, and they quickly organized and stepped up. We’re just so proud of them, and the heaps of clothing that everyone donated will be great for the Y,” Dana Haynes, Visit Spokane Communications Director, said.

In just three weeks, the Hotel Motel Association, along with Visit Spokane, put drop-off bins in a few locations around town, and they were able to secure carloads of women’s professional clothing came pouring into the Y. Organizers said they are grateful for the community’s generosity.

All of the donated clothes will be delivered to Our Sisters Closet Thursday morning.

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