Both clubs will receive a $500 gift card to JoAnns!
Hudson High School President Izabella Schilling and Southridge High School Fashion Club president Lily Moser talk about winning the challenge!
Tell us about your charitable activities and how your club gives back.
Izabella: Our club organized a special occasion dress drive for prom, homecoming, and winter formal dresses at our school. We collected over 40 dresses to donate to young women in the Akron-Cleveland area! The young women were ecstatic when so many dresses arrived, and we were so happy that we were able to help other girls our age feel beautiful at their dances. We also started a clothing drive and filled up five bags of clothing to be donated. Also, we became involved with Kids Capes of Courage. Debby Rowland and her team sew and distribute hundreds of capes to patients every year to bring out the “inner superhero” within each kid. We were in charge of cutting the fabrics into capes. Being able to participate in such a wonderful cause, while simultaneously being able to incorporate elements of textiles, was just such a perfect opportunity for Fashion Club.
Hudson High School’s flyer promoting their prom dress drive. Hudson HS Fashion Club members pitch in to make capes for Kids Capes of Courage.
Lily: We’ve held a couple clothing drives, one was for Abby’s Closet, a non-profit that collects thousands of prom dresses so that everyone has the opportunity to go to prom. We hold those clothing drives after every dance at our school. We also had all of our club members collect clothing for a holiday clothing drive at our school. We are continuing to work with Abby’s Closet by spending the day helping them with some special events around the Rose Festival, an annual event in Portland, Oregon. We’re also helping them to tag all of their gowns for their annual gown giveaway event coming up in April. We have collected dresses for Abby’s Closet after every dance at our school and will be dropping off additional donations while there as well as sorting dresses from other donation sites.
Southridge High School’s Fashion Club President Lily Moser helps fill the holiday clothing drive box. Prom dresses collected for Abby’s Closet.
How did it feel to learn your club was one of the two winners of #FCGivesBack?
Izabella Schilling: Our club was so excited to learn that we were one of the two chosen winners! All of our members have been so incredibly selfless and have been so willing to donate their time to help benefit others, so I feel that it meant a lot to everyone to receive recognition for their hard work.
Lily Moser: We were so surprised. We had just received our Grant from the beginning of the year and were excited deciding on a plan on how to best utilize the funds, so this was extra exciting news!
What do you plan to do with the $500 gift card to JoAnns?
Izabella: Our club plans on using the gift card to host fun group meetings. Our members have been working so hard lately on different service projects and on our recent fashion show, so we are super excited to take some time to get creative with fashion. We have a ton of activities planned for the rest of this year, including upcycling clothing, jewelry making, embroidery, and so much more!
Lily: We’ve been planning a stylized photo shoot that features all of our members since our very first club meeting. So, we’re busy planning props, trying to work with and feature local community businesses and nonprofits we’ve worked with, feature upcoming events at our school, and plan to use all of the skills of our club members and wait for the best weather possible to do the various photo shoots we have in the works.
Congratulations to Hudson High School and Southridge High School!