Elkhart businesses team up to support local organizations in clothing drive

NOW: Elkhart businesses team up to support local organizations in clothing drive

ELKHART, Ind.,-- Businesses in Elkhart are coming together for a great cause. Starting September 5th through September 17th, you can donate your new or gently used interview or work clothing, shoes and jewelry for both men and women. Fourteen businesses are accepting donations for local organizations.

Anita Hopman was inspired by an article she read about another jeweler who received donated jewelry like costume jewelry she brought the idea to the table at the family business, Hopman Jewelers, but she wanted to expand donations across the city. Within two months, thanks to her position on the Downtown Merchant Alliance, Hopman was able to partner with 14 total businesses to support the four local organizations, Soup For Success, Saving Grace, Elkhart Area Career Center and Startup Moxie. in less than two months. Hopman says this gained traction easily because of the community in Elkhart.

“Our downtown is just absolutely wonderful," said Hopman. ”All of the businesses come together and help each other in so many ways and so many events, and this is just another one where everybody shows their support and is really helpful.”

The Downtown Merchant Alliance is helping local organizations to help their clients dress for a new job or interview as they enter or re-enter the workforce. The donations will go directly to these organizations for those that may not be able to spend their money on new clothes.

Owner of Hopman Jewelers, Eileen Hopman says the drive gives people a fresh start.

“Our community is really supportive of not only women and children but anyone that really needs help," said Eileen. "So, this is a way to give them something to feel good about and start their new job with a whole new wardrobe.”

You can drop off your items to any of the participating businesses: Stephenson's of Elkhart, Hopman Jewelers, Hotel Elkhart, Bella's Boutique, The Vine, The Bookworm, Golden Bear Bikes, Centier Bank

Downtown Elkhart, Corazon Sterling Silver, Elkhart Living Magazine, Wellfield Botanical Gardens, Heritage Acceptance, The Twisted String and D&L's Pounds of Gold.

If you’d like to donate and you’re not in the area--reach out to the Downtown Elkhart-Gateway Mile Facebook page.

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