Local nonprofit hosts Preakness clothing sale to help women get back on their feet – CBS Baltimore


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A local non-profit group is hosting a Preakness clothing sale over the next few days to help more women get back on their feet.

“Shoppers can come in and look for some really great Preakness outfits, whether it’s hats or a nice dress, whatever they need,” said Evelyn Gaines, chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. Suited to Succeed.

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The group’s ‘Preakness Day bag filler sale’ is being held Wednesday through Friday through May 20 at its Port Covington store. The sale benefits one of its programs, Dress for Success Greater Baltimore.

“Dress for Success is a non-profit that helps women who are off welfare or unemployment get back to work, they can come here and get an outfit so they can go to a job interview “, Gaines said.

During the sale, customers can fill a small $10 bag (max 5 items) or a large $20 bag (max 10 items) with clothes and shoes available in store.

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The impact of purchases will go far beyond Preakness Day.

“It’ll help a lot of people feel confident, you know, especially those who can’t afford it,” said Debra Jennings, a client of the program.

Monica McMillan is another program client who is a homeless veteran. She entered it with very few clothes and only one pair of shoes. She now has more outfits to wear to job interviews and is training to become a community health worker.

“What Dress for Success has done for me is make me feel good about myself, put me in outfits so I can be ready to work,” McMillan said.

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