Happy Giving Tuesday! We hope everyone had a beautiful weekend of travel, family, good food and laughter! It's easy to become absorbed in the chaos of the Holidays, but no other time of year inspires as much joy and gratitude as these fleeting few weeks.
Last year, we started a Harper & Tucker tradition to partner with a local organization for a clothing donation drive. We are incredibly excited to announce that this year we will be partnering with the Providence-based nonprofit, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island!
In 2013, DIIR was born from the union of two Rhode Island organizations: The International Institute of Rhode Island and the Dorcas Place Adult and Family Literacy Center. Dorcas Place’s mission was to assist low-income adults to realize their full potential through literacy, collaboration, advocacy and community involvement. Since joining forces with the International Institute of Rhode Island, the original mission transformed into an all-encompassing effort to provide education and job readiness opportunities along with legal services for citizenship, immigration and refugee resettlement programs in Rhode Island.
After visiting DIIR's headquarters and speaking with the staff, it became clear to me that miracles are happing right in our backyard. This organization feels like a fortuitous and full circle partnership for me. I spent my formative years pursuing work in the nonprofit sector with a focus on education and refugee resettlement. My interest in the refugee crisis piqued my senior year in high school, when I chose it as the focus of my Student Exhibition project. The project culminates with a Ted Talk-like presentation in front of faculty, family and friends. For my thesis, I analyzed the refugee and internally displaced person crisis through the lens of women across three different types of countries and settlements. I channeled this new-found fervor by pursing a summer internship at Refugees International in DC and then, after graduating from UNC, spent a service year fundraising on behalf of Reading Partners, a domestic literacy organization. The marriage of DIIR's two initiatives embodies my focuses and work in my early years, and it feels very serendipitous that Harper & Tucker could give back and partner with an organization working for this cause.
This is where you come in! From December 3rd through December 13th, Harper & Tucker will be accepting clothing and gift card donations at both of our Newport and Providence shops. Your donations will go directly to DIIR's clothing collaborative branch for refugees and their families, as well as referred low-income Rhode Island residents. DIIR is accepting the below donations and if you have any questions about donating, please feel free to reach out to us directly!
Here's the fun part...every person that donates will get 10% off their next purchase at Harper & Tucker. We will additionally be celebrating the end of the clothing drive with a Holiday Party from 4-7pm on Saturday, December 14th at our Providence store and Sunday, December 15th at our Newport store! We will be serving bubbly, showcasing a new jewelry line (more on that later), and DIIR's Clothing Collaborative Coordinator will be stopping by the Wayland store around 5pm for a meet and greet!
"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." - Oscar Wilde
After a year of staying at-home, we are revisiting what it means to express oneself through fashion and how the activities we are doing in the moment are informing this season's trends and our individual style.