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JLGS donates clothing from Dignity U Wear

The Junior League of Greater Springfield (JLGS) recently received hundreds of items of brand new clothing from a non-profit based in Jacksonville, Fla., called Dignity U Wear ( The mission of Dignity U Wear Foundation Inc. is to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need by providing brand new clothing. The agency partners with retailers and manufacturers who provide new clothing, and then Dignity U Wear gives the clothes to schools and non-profit agencies serving those in need, which is how clothes from a Florida non-profit ended up in Western Massachusetts.

When JLGS heard of Dignity U Wear, founded by a Holocaust survivor named Henri Landwirth, it resonated with their own focus on women and children specifically literacy and education. Collecting clothing for those in need is just one of the things the JLGS does annually.

The brand new clothing from Dignity U Wear was distributed to the following Springfield agencies: Prospect House, Dress for Success, the Gray House and the Springfield Rescue Mission. These are all organizations that JLGS has partnered with during its 85 years of service to the community and all provide support children and women in need in various ways.

The Junior League of Greater Springfield, MA Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. This year's community projects include the JLGS Financial Literacy Project, "Kids in the Kitchen," a nationwide initiative to address childhood obesity and nutrition, the JLGS Read Aloud at Edward P. Boland School, the Annual JL Scholarship and numerous smaller "Done in a Day" events. Some of these projects include clothing drives, food drives, book drives, as well participating in the United Way's "Day of Caring," and meeting the needs of the community at the Ronald McDonald House, the Gray House, the Prospect House and the Cancer House of Hope.

The Junior League of Greater Springfield is comprised of women who are committed to making a difference in their community and invites all women 21 years of age and over to learn more about the League by calling the office at 781-2545 or by visiting the Web site at