December 10, 2017 - Hands4Hope recently completed its 8th Annual Winter Boutique at Town Center, providing 315 individuals in need with warm winter clothing. The boutique, held the first two weekends in December, was organized and hosted by a committee of 13 youth and 7 adult volunteers who coordinated every aspect of the event from clothing collection and set up, to decor and music.
To spread the word about this event, the Winter Boutique Committee, led by Marketing Youth Lead Aine Colgan, reached out to 59 local schools, churches, social service agencies, and nonprofits. The committee’s goal was to have these organizations share information about the Boutique with the families and individuals who would benefit most from this event and encourage them to attend.
Over the course of the two weekends, the Winter Boutique was manned by 50 youth and adult volunteers who greeted attendees, helped find clothing in particular sizes, organized and cleaned the boutique space, and entertained children while their parents shopped. The volunteers also raffled off three Christmas trees that families could take home with them for added holiday cheer.
“It was such a fun experience to see all of the people get warm clothes for the winter,” Winter Boutique Volunteer Coordinator and youth leader Megan Smith concluded. “It just put a smile on my face.”
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2017 Winter Boutique, including: El Dorado Hills Town Center; National Charity League, Rita Ferrero; AllyKat; Lyon Real Estate; Ladies Heritage Group; Silva Valley Elementary; Jackson Elementary; William Brooks Elementary; Lakeview Elementary; and all of the wonderful volunteers who prepared for and ran the event.