So, today I’d like to tell everyone about this spectacular nonprofit I’m passionate about (ignore the improper grammar bit there, the right way sounded stilted). Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself, or CYNY as they’ve been abbreviating themselves lately, is this wicked cool organization that gives clothes to people in need. It could be a homeless person, an ex-convict, an orphan in need of school clothes…they make sure that people who need stuff, get stuff.
Coolest thing about CYNY is that 100% of their profits go to buying these clothes (and wigs – if you buy a hat they buy wigs for people going through cancer treatments). They really help people. You even know where your money is going with what you buy: they break it down on their website.
Shirt: help fund an orphan’ school uniform in Africa
Jacket: warm clothes for someone who’s homeless
Hat: funds a wig for someone with cancer
Tie clip: dress shirt and tie for an ex-convict looking for work
Infant one-piece: diapers to help out single moms
Bag/tote: provides child in inner-city with backpack for school
I’ve known this organization for a few years now and they’ve really grown, expanding the base of who they’re able to help. One of my friends happens to be very involved with their marketing/financial end of things, so I can vouch for the fact that this is a nonprofit, doing good work with the money that comes through their doors.
And the merchandise they have is pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. I love organization like this, who do good deeds and raise funds by selling wearable merch. For that matter, I love wearable merch for nonprofits and businesses like CYNY, Falling Whistles, and Toms (yeah, that’s the one that’s a business) not only because I genuinely like the things they ask me to spend money on, but because it’s a great way to spread the word about social issues and get other people involved.
So, in short, if you’re interested in helping people and shopping for fun things, check Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself out!