Dress for Success collects donations for ‘Giving ShoesDay’

Dress for Success River Cities is taking donations of shoes Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for #GivingShoesDay. Women’s “work-appropriate shoes” are requested instead of a monetary donation. Mikaela Keener, marketing intern for Dress for Success, said the event is “like Giving Tuesday, but this is another type of support –shoes.”

According to a press release, the top 10 donors from all Dress for Success affiliates who give the most shoes will be awarded a $75 gift card to ShoeDazzle. The top three Dress for Success affiliates that collect the most total shoe donations will also be awarded thirty $100 gift cards from ShoeDazzle to purchase shoes and accessories for women the affiliate serves.

Keener said the non-profit aims to equip women with the tools to enter the workforce, not just the clothes.

“We do a lot more stuff than just give women an interview outfit,” Keener said. “Dress for Success offers resume building, mock interviews and other skills for applying and starting jobs.”

Dress for Success works by referral based on need, but their services are free to clients, said Keener.

Also in the press release, Dress for Success River Cities distributed approximately 400 pairs of shoes to local women searching for employment in 2015. To accommodate the anticipated number of women who will be served in 2017, the organization has a goal to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes during the #GivingShoesDay event.

For more information, visit www.dressforsuccess.org/givingshoesday.

Brooke Estep can be contacted at [email protected].