Little Black Dress Initiative: Final Numbers

Thank you to everyone who participated, supported and donated to the Junior League of Bergen County’s first Little Black Dress Initiative. Thanks to you, it was extremely successful and we cannot wait to do it again next year.

Our initial goal for our first LBDI was $2,000, but we far exceed that and raised $4,536! This was not only due to the generous donations we received through the campaign, but also to the Garden State Plaza donating 100% of the ticket sales from our Fashion show –which provided us with close to $1,100 and was a fantastic surprise.

With these funds we were able to impact our community by donating the following directly to our community:

  1. To help end period poverty we provided 191 boxes of bulk size feminine hygiene products to CUMAC in Paterson, NJ. These products are critical to shelters since they are not something covered by SNAP or WIC programs.
  2. We provided 10 laundry baskets filled with 10 sets of bath towels to Spring House in Paramus, NJ.  Spring House is a halfway house for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, and this donation allows them to help set up their homes as they transition out of the center.
  3. To support women and children coming from abusive environments we provided a variety of welcome bags, diapers and essentials to the Center of Hope & Safety for use in their safe house. They were overwhelmed to receive such a generous and thoughtful donation from us and mentioned that the bags they usually receive have travel size products. Receiving bags with full size products was a great resource for them. To give you a better idea of our impact at Center of Hope and Safety this is the itemized list of what we donated:

7 Baby Friendly Welcome bags (nylon bags in black, navy & stripe)
– Diaper cream
– Baby Powder
– Baby Shampoo
– Baby hooded towel
– Set of 4 baby wash clothes
– Sesame Street Rattle
– Baby socks
– Child’s size toothbrush
– Baby Wipes
– Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner
– Full Size Body Wash
– Shower Cap
– Deodorant
– Face Cleansing Clothes
– Q-tips
– Toothbrush & Tooth Paste
– Packet of Tissues
– Set of cosmetic bags
– Notebook with pen
– Coloring book with crayons or colored
pencils

9 Shower Caddies containing:
– Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner
– Full Size Body Wash
– Shower Poof
– Shower Cap
– Deodorant
– Face Cleansing Clothes
– Q-tips
– Toothbrush & Tooth Paste
– Packet of Tissues
– Notebook with pen

13 Red canvas zip top welcome bags
– Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner
– Full Size Body Wash
– Shower Cap
– Deodorant
– Face Cleansing Clothes
– Q-tips
– Toothbrush & Tooth Paste
– Packet of Tissues
– Set of cosmetic bags
– Notebook with pen

Additional Items donated:
– 14 packages/boxes of diapers ranging in sizes 12 months to size 6
– 6 new sports bras in various sizes
– 4 packages of women’s socks in various sizes
– 4 packages of women’s underwear in various sizes
– 3 packages of white onesies in various sizes
– 14 packages of children’s underwear for boys and girls in various sizes

Thank you again for everyone’s support and if you have any questions or want to help with this year’s LBDI planning please contact Rachel Oster at racheloster@hotmail.com.