Northwood’s National Organization for Women (NOW) club held a thrift sale on Dec. 12 to raise funds for domestic violence victims and shelters. Students purchased a variety of price-reduced clothing that was brought by students and all proceeds went towards Laura’s House domestic violence shelters.
“It was a great event to get involved with because it was all for a great cause,” sophomore Vista Ghasemi said.
Based in Orange County, Laura’s House is an organization aimed at changing societal stigmas against the attitudes, social beliefs and actions that perpetuate domestic violence through the use of 24-hour hotlines, counseling services and shelters. The club hoped to bring more attention to this cause so students would find it easier to get involved .
“We chose that nonprofit because it really fit the theme of NOW,” club president senior Angela Chung said. “We wanted an organization that helped us challenge the gender inequalities in terms of violence.”
In addition, the club decided to do a thrift sale to raise money without having to spend money on items to sell.
The event was supposed to be held on the week of Dec. 3, but was canceled because of the weather, so the club rescheduled the event for the next week. On the day of the sale, NOW members displayed the stacks of clothing on tables for all students to peruse. The club advertised its reduced-price clothing in hopes of attracting more students, and tried to have clothes that a wide variety of students might be interested in. After most of the clothing had been sold, the surplus of clothing was then donated to the women at Laura’s House.
“I bought a dress because it represents who I truly am on the inside,” senior Rohit Makam said. “I think it is great that there were so many good quality items to buy.”
Although this is NOW’s last thrift sale for the year, those who wish to get involved with events such as these can go to NOW club meetings held in Room 1103 on Wednesdays.