I am not a make-over artist. Nor am I a fashionista. But I am a woman with a good eye, and in possession of talents which lead to confidently styled women. Out of the Gray was not founded in order to create flawless appearances. We are a group of women who understand, through observation and personal experiences, the black hole that a sense of powerlessness can create. Lord willing, most of us will never know what it is like to helplessly watch a loved one deteriorate. Under these circumstances, the blush of laughter can feel like a far off fairy tale. We are about meeting women right where they are, in their own space, and helping them to claim what they forgot they own: that rosy glow of a fine work of art.
So here's the plan: we will accept nominations for women in Western Washington who need some clothes, nice clothes. Cute clothes. Women who need some time. I will do a little paperwork, and I will hand pick outfits from a collection of new and gently used clothing based on each particular need, taste, and shape. Each woman will also receive a selection of donated personal care items. We'll have fundraisers and those of you who can, will make financial donations and if you have other talents or donations to offer, please see our contact page.
Each of these acts, these gestures, is a small thing. Except they are not. The seeds of kindness, falling on fertile ground, grow into strong, healthy plants which go on to bear fruit in perpetuity. After all, healthy women are helpful women; their successes, their strengths, grow exponentially as conveyed through their offspring and contributions to their communities.