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Discarded to Divine

d2devent.jpgDiscarded to Divine ~ Recycled Fashions. Renewed Lives. was born out of the caring heart of a St. Vincent de Paul Society employee. She was at a loss for what to do with piles of used donations that were unusable. The help desk director at the charity explained:

“The thought of how these discarded garments could be transformed into something renewed and useful. It reminded her of the hundreds of homeless and poor men and women who seek help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society every week, who are also overlooked by many, considered useless or unnecessary. At the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we strive to serve every individual who comes through our doors with dignity and respect, no matter where they stand in their life’s journey. We work with them one-on-one to help them in so many ways, so they can begin to transform their lives.”

This humbling work in action has transformed many volunteers for the Society. “People they may have perceived as scary or threatening are in fact neither. They are simply people in need of a safe place to sleep, a hot meal, clean clothes and someone who cares. They are people grateful for kindness and the simple things many of us take for granted every day.”

The volunteers and staff are so deeply impacted by helping these poor and needy people that their outlooks are transformed. “In that way, the act of recycling donated clothing has the power to renew lives-not only for those helped, but for those helping them.”

This D2D Gala is this weekend with benefits going to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. On show and auction will be vintage couture gowns by the most stunning fashion designers in San Francisco and the theme is the de Young Museum’s permanent collection. Event details via ~ Heart of Green

Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

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B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

Contact: lucillechi (at)


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