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Green Fashion for a Good Cause

Glen Rock teens held a clothing swap to benefit the American Red Cross on Wednesday.

It’s hard to tell what’s more satisfying; seeing someone enjoy what you’ve enjoyed, or giving what you can to a good cause. The TIGR club (Teen Institute of Glen Rock) didn’t have to choose just one, Wednesday, June 13 at their latest creative fundraiser activity – a clothing swap.

Senior Nikki Rosengren says the idea came to her in a dream. “I actually had a dream where we were trading clothing in the cafeteria, and the next day I booked the cafeteria and then went to TIGR and explained my idea!”

The rules of the clothing swap were simple – you paid $3 to get in, and brought the clothes you didn’t want or fit into anymore with you. The amount of items you brought determined the amount of items you could take home, or if you didn’t bring any to swap, the girls determined a low ‘thrift store’ price for some articles.

The clothes that weren’t taken were donated to the , which has a drop box in Ridgewood outside , and the proceeds from admission costs go to help members of the club attend a summer leadership conference for drug-free teens.

Tables and clothing racks, arranged in the cafeteria of GRHS for the event, held everything from fuzzy slippers to designer dresses, and ‘shoppers’ might even see someone leaving with what they’d brought to swap.

“It feels so good to see someone else wanting what I had, and know that whatever doesn’t get taken goes to charity!” remarked senior Petra Kovacs, who says she had already seen a few people looking at her swapped items.

This swap showed TIGR not only supporting their group, and donating to charity, but was an example of ‘green’ fashion, because no new clothes have to be made for all the participants to come home with something ‘new’. Sophomore Brianne Daly said, while perusing the tables with her friends, “I think it’s great, we’re donating old clothing, and getting new!”

Lisa Ertle June 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM
This is truly wonderful, and how marvelous that a teen came up with this idea! It seems that most young people wouldn't dare be seen in a previously-enjoyed piece of anything. This isn't just an even to support Red Cross, or their group, but it also in a small way supports a generation of humans who need to figure out how to preserve their planet. There needs to be more stuff like this!!!

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