Think Pink Suits for Shelters Launch Party
Each year at this time, there are thousands of members of
the Mary Kay sales force in town for our annual seminar. I’m always amazed by
the giving nature of these women. As entrepreneurs, these women have freedom
and flexibility in how they run their businesses and how they give back in
their communities. And as members of our independent sales force visit Dallas
annually for our special events, they have the opportunity to leave a footprint
on our city through the Mary Kay Suits
for Shelters program.
Each year, this event collects thousands of items of professional
attire for women who are survivors of abuse. We partner with local Dallas domestic
violence shelters and organizations that support survivors with emergency
relief, legal aid, counseling services, job searches and more.
I feel like more often than not, when I am getting ready in
the morning, I am putting on my war paint and armor to face the day. I pray
that I’ll never know the kind of “war” that the women who benefit from Suits
for Shelters will experience and I’m hopeful that the “armor” we provide them
through the Suits for Shelters program is protective and steadfast.
I am always telling my husband how important a new outfit is
to a big life event. I’m not sure that he’s completely on board, but he’s
starting to understand. For women who are survivors of abuse, a new outfit
could give them the added confidence they need for a big court date or legal
appointment, or perhaps the next time they have to face their abuser. That suit
or dress in the back of your closet could be a new beginning for a woman in
If you live in Dallas, join us and take your donations to
Tootsies! You’ll receive a $25 gift card as a thank you. If you live in another
part of the country, clean out your closet and take your donation to
your local domestic violence shelter.
Take a look at some of the pictures from last night’s Suits
for Shelters "Think Pink" launch party. Share in the comments how you give back to women in
Today's blog post is from Kirsten Gappelberg, who has what she considers to be her dream job. As Mary Kay's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Kirsten builds programs to support the company's charitable efforts to transform, inspire and empower women's lives around the world.