Dress for Success Kingston, the charity dedicated to providing support, guidance, and mentorship to women in need in the Kingston and area community, reported Monday that its boutique was broken into over the weekend.
It was subsequently determined that approximately $7,800 worth of clothing, jewelry, accessories, footwear – some new and some gently used – along with make-up and donations collected for an annual fundraiser had been taken.
“It’s just wrong and sad. We feel violated, but we have to move on,” said Lindsay MacDonald, Executive Director. “We have clients this afternoon that need fittings for outfits to interview for jobs tomorrow. And, that is what we are all about, serving women in our community.” Since opening in 2013, Dress for Success Kingston has served over 1,123 women in Kingston and Area.
The charity responded to community offers of new donations by saying on Facebook that it is most in need of black blazers, white blouses, pencil skirts, dress pants, and office appropriate dresses. The thefts also had an impact on their ‘Bring on the Bling’ event so donations of artisan pieces like pottery, paintings and jewelry are also greatly appreciated.
The boutique, located at 845 Princess Street, reported staff would be on hand to accept donations on Thursday, Feb. 27 until 6pm and newly announced drop-off dates now also include Friday, Nov. 28th from 9am to 4pm and Tuesday, March 3rd between 11am and 1pm.
Monetary donations to Dress for Success Kingston can be made at this Canada Helps page.
Additional information and updates will be posted on the Dress for Success Kingston Facebook page. Inquiries can be made by messaging them on Facebook, sending an email to email@example.com or calling 613.483.1833 (Note: they may not be able to answer if they’re with clients).
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