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St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program Celebrates International Women’s Day by Hosting Special Day of Shopping and Free Makeovers for Women in the Tenderloin

March 9, 2023

Line forming outside of St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program for the International Women’s Day event

Today, St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program (FCP), the largest of its kind in San Francisco, welcomed approximately 90 women guests from the Tenderloin to enjoy a festive day of shopping and makeovers to mark International Women’s Day.

St. Anthony’s generous supporters, including GAP, Marine Layer, Everlane, and Tatcha, provided a variety of clothing items, hygiene supplies, and skincare products to each woman.

“Women’s Day 2023 is our largest event that we’ve run so far,” said Sam Brock, manager of St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program. “We’re excited to be giving out some high-quality clothing to our guests.”

St. Anthony’s Free Clothing Program, which aims to give guests a true boutique store experience, provides new and gently-used clothing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.

FCP staff and volunteers assisted women guests and their families of all ages

“Today, I can’t believe it. It’s really enjoyable,” said Mildred Tsen, a guest of the FCP. “Living in the city is really hard. Coming here, it’s a break from life. It’s a pleasurable excursion for me. You have such nice things.”

Clothing, which includes casual wear, warm winter wear, business attire, and children’s clothing is always offered, free-of-cost to recipients. In keeping with St. Anthony’s values, team members are called to recognize the inherent dignity of each guest, inviting them to select high-quality items that meet their personal needs and style preferences.

“When they thank me, I always say ‘thank you’. It helps me (to give) as much as it helps you, maybe even more.”

Marcellus Ducreay, St. Anthony’s FCP Service Lead

Again, a big round of applause to our kind-hearted supporters, including the GAP, Marine Layer, Everlane, Tatcha, and individual donors, whose generosity makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our women guests and their children.

One of many guests that attended the FCP’s International Women’s Day event

Interested guests need an appointment with the FCP. Appointments can be made through the scheduling page at www.FreeClothingSF.org or by speaking with one of our team members in person. For hours and location, visit our website HERE.

Donations of clean, new, and gently-used clothing make our Free Clothing Program possible. To view our FCP donation guide and to donate, please visit HERE.

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