Ridgefield Girl Scouts will be collecting women’s suitings, career blazers, slacks, skirts, light sweaters or blouses now through Monday, June 4, in support of Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive.

Items can be dropped off at the front entrance of the Ridgefield Recreation Center or inside Colonial Cleaners on Catoonah Street.

All sizes are great but plus sizes are most needed. Items should be new or in gently-used condition, freshly laundered or dry cleaned, and on hangers. Handbags, dress shoes, jewelry or accessories in good condition can be dropped off at either location.

“Donate what you would wear to a job interview,” said organizer Patty Labozzo.

Inspired by the little notes of love she frequently receives from her own daughter found hidden in her pockets, Labozzo has launched “Notes of Encouragement” this year.

“What a wonderful feeling a client will have when she is dressing for her interview, and finds a hidden note in her suit pocket,” Labozzo said. “Notes can carry wishes of good luck, success, happiness, and most importantly, encouragement.

She says that children participate in this year’s drive by writing a small pocket-sized note, with an inspiring message (include no name or personal information).

“Simple is best: ‘You got this!’ ‘You can do it!’ ‘Believe in yourself,’ or ‘I’m inspired by your strength. Be brave,’” Labozzo said.

Notes can be placed in the clothing donation boxes, or written on Saturday, June 9, between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a special Girl Scout “Notes of Encouragement” booth, set up at the Ridgefield Recreation Center.

Giving thanks

Organized by Carol Ploch Maiolo and Labozzo, this incredible service project is part of the Ridgefield Girl Scouts’ End-of Year-Ceremony. So many people of our Ridgefield community have embraced this yearly donation drive, and show support:   

  • Kathy Fassman, Marketing Supervisor and Program Development at the Ridgefield Recreation Center, has allowed a drop-off box, and hanging rack for collections at the interior entrance for collections.
  • For the second year, Deb Hayes, owner of Colonial Cleaners has come through in an extremely generous way by offering Girl Scouts complimentary dry cleaning and storage of the donated items, until they are picked up after June 11. Deb is also allowing the Girl Scouts a second drop off inside Colonial Cleaners.
  • Pam Fitzpatrick, owner of The Candlelight Shoppe, gladly offered hundreds of bras she recently received through a community fundraiser of her own.
  • The Ridgefield Thrift Shop lovingly gave gorgeous summer suiting in large sizes, complete with stylish shells and blouses.
  • Ridgefield Kohl’s is offering in-store promotions to those buying new items for the drive. What a great way to use your Kohl’s cash!