Extend your closet to others

sycamoretree
Posted March 8, 2019 from Philippines

Fabulous girls are usually raised by fab parents who has an extensive collection of dresses, blouses, skirts, shoes, bags, name it. I am born into one of those lucky not so lucky families who hoard clothes and every other fashionable item at home, you know "just in case you need it, so just buy it", was our motto. 

Some two years ago, I noticed that I had so much in my closet that it caused my room to be a big storage room of clothes with a bed in the middle. I didn't mind, because I entirely thought it was normal, my mom, my grandma was doing it so, it's got to be normal. That's what I thought until I met a person who only had a few shirts and a few jeans and maybe 2 pairs of shoes. He said, having so many clothes is such a waste. You spend so much time deciding what to wear and tends you to be late in appointments whereas if you only have a few, you won't choose from a mountain of clothes and just wash and wear! My goodness, in my mind I said that this guy is crazy! Does he not dress up according to the trend, weather or season? and mind you, I went to the shopping mall to buy clothes with my family almost every week or every month at least. But this person, went to buy clothes once a year! I could not imagine what kind of life he has. Everyone would think he was poor and don't have a life. Only a few months passed that I realized he was right! Never in my wildest dreams I would thought I'd agree to his principle. And so I had an idea, yeah maybe I'll give somma my clothes to others. My goodness! It was crucial! I couldn't give away anything because they all had "sentimental value". It took me an additional few months to get over the emotional attachment. And wow after some time I totally dropped the idea of the attatchment towards my clothing, shoes and bags and I've been giving to a local "home for girls" where girls with pending cases of all sorts live. It is a government owned compound where my grandma works in. She personally gives the clothes herself not only on christmas but everytime I clean my room, they'd have a session where they'd wait for their name to be called by my grandma to receive a humble gift from my closet. These girls have had low morale and hope because of their pending cases although there are people taking care of them in the compound, it is still a joy for them to receive some token of love from someone they don't really know much, which is I.

I wasn't able to see them in person just yet because I'm schooling but I'm planning on seeing them personally to hand out my new batch of clothes, bags and shoes ready to glamor worthy women like they are. 

This story was submitted in response to Share On Any Topic.

Comments 10

Log in or register to post comments
Kirthi
Mar 08
Mar 08

What a beautiful start to my day! Your lovely work and selflessness are so inspiring. Thank you for making such a powerful impact on the world around you!

Hello, dear,

Welcome to World Pulse!

Such a beautiful post about reflection and generosity. What a great example your grandma has set for you to share her blessings to those who could not afford.

I applaud you for your generosity, too. Please update us when do you finally meet these girls.

uduakedet
Mar 09
Mar 09

Weldone. .it's always a joy to share

Olutosin
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thanks so much for the amazing decision. Worthy of emulation.

Jill Langhus
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hello Sycamore Tree,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Looks like you have a great welcome here which is wonderful to see!

I love your story and change of attitude. Many people may not have chosen to listen to this man or changed their attitude and path! How are the girls selected to stay in the home? Do you have a website and/or social media page(s) to follow your organization? I would love to follow it. Good job with all that you're doing for these girls.

Hope you're having a great day!

otahelp
Mar 09
Mar 09

Happy for your sycamore. it is such a joy to give than to recieve. i know what it feels like to give because i have been on that lane and God willing i will continue to be on that lane. enjoy the spirit of fulfillment you get whenever you it

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hi Sycamore Tree,
This is a great and inspirational story of how we ourselves can listen to others with new ideas and decide to transform our lives. So many young women are getting some practical support because of your openness to change and willingness to question what was familiar to you.
Welcome to World Pulse!

Maya Iwata
Apr 25
Apr 25

Love this story, thank you for writing your story on World Pulse. Having nice clothes and accessories not only make us feel good, but also often impact how people treat us. Thank you sharing and thank you for being able to let go so other people can enjoy. Where I live there are a number of programs to help young women and girls with appropriate clothes to wear for a job interview and other important meetings so I know how important what you are doing is. Thank you and hope to hear about about the visit you are planning to the "home for girls."

maeann
Jun 04
Jun 04

Hello Dear,

Welcome to World Pulse!!! That is a good and inspiring thing to do. Keep it up and you will be blessed more.

Beth Lacey
Jun 20
Jun 20

So generous of you. They will really appreciate your kind deeds