Of the 20 billion or so pounds of clothing Americans throw away each year, about 5% is torn, stained and generally unusable. The growing pile of discard clothing donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society reminded their Help Desk director, Sally Rosen, of the hundreds of homeless and poor men and women who seek help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society every week, who are also overlooked by most, and considered useless or unnecessary.
Putting their mission to work on the seemingly unusable clothing donations - with help from aspiring and professional designers and a team of volunteers - Discarded to Divine was created in 2006 to transform the donated clothes into one-of-a-kind couture creations and auction them off to help the poor and homeless. In 2007, both attendance at the auction and monetary donations doubled, and there is still time to attend the 2008 auction on Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Find more info and purchase tix at DiscardedToDivine.org.
- Lesley Scott
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