KidsTLC Girls Night Out


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Shopping, new haircuts, nail painting and a fashion show?  Count us in! We had such a great time partnering with KidsTLC to pamper 15 girls currently living on their campus.  It was a fun night of de-stressing and bonding. The girls got new haircuts, hand massages and manicures, shopped from a special selection of clothing and got to spend time with their friends.  We love being able to provide a space for connection with our customers and nonprofit partners.

KidsTLC’s Phoenix programs provide safe residential communities on their campus where the staff works closely with each child to repair their self-confidence and ability to thrive! Their therapies include individual, group and family sessions as well as art, music, pet and equine interactions to help teach children how to build safe, trusting and lasting attachments.  They do amazing work each and every day.

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This event would not have been possible without our amazing donors!  We were able to offer the girls several racks of clothing to choose from.  Cydni and Kalie from ROCA salon and Barbara from Parlor donated their time and services to come cut and style the girls’ hair!  Our friends Maggie and Ariana were generous enough to come give hand massages and paint the girls’ nails with nail polish donated from one of our volunteers, a former art teacher named Linda.  The girls even put on a fashion show and modeled their new clothing for us. We are so grateful that we had the ability to host this event, and we can’t wait to do more in the future!

To find out more about KidsTLC and the amazing work they do, visit www.kidstlc.org. Looking to volunteer your services for a future event? Please contact hello@dogoodkc.org or head over to our website www.dogoodkc.org for more info!


EPEC

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Ever wonder what we do with clothing and furniture that doesn't sell in the store?  We donate to amazing organizations like EPEC, which stands for Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child.  Their mission is to empower parents to become self-sustaining and to care for themselves and their children through parenting programs, life skills and job training.  One of their programs, The Grooming Project, teaches single mothers pet grooming to provide them with valuable, in-demand skills.


Recently, we partnered with a team from EPEC to curate a special selection for their clients. Students of The Grooming Project shopped for clothing and home accessories for their families.  It’s important to us that all of our donations find the right home, whether sold or donated. We are grateful to coordinate these kinds of partnerships!


We’re big fans of our community, which is why we also donate some of our goods to other local nonprofit organizations including Operation Breakthrough, Giving the Basics, Hope House, Scraps, and UMKC’s Professional Clothing Closet.  If you’d like to learn more or become a part of our monthly donation pickup program, contact hello@dogoodkc.org or visit our website.

Yard Sale

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Photo by @HayleyChristine13

This summer, we decided that we no longer had a need for our 3500 sq ft storage unit.  The money we spent on rent for the unit each month could better serve KidsTLC and KC Pet Project. We then had to figure out a way to either sell or store the things inside the unit. Why not a yard sale?

The sale was Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 17-19th. We put up a curtain inside the store to block off a corner, which will serve as our new (no added cost!) storage unit.  The sale started at noon on Friday, but people started pouring in around 10! We had racks and racks of clothing in front of the store, and home and accessories on the side. We also had large furniture pieces for sale inside the store. It’s hard to resist a good sidewalk sale!

We could not have pulled off this sale without our amazing volunteers! Everyone who came to help made the process much quicker and more efficient.  The tasks that would have taken the most time, like hanging clothes from boxes, setting up the home accessories, and driving the items from storage to the store took one-third of the time it would have taken us. We appreciate you more than you know, volunteers! YouMoveMe also patiently helped us move all of our items from the storage unit to the store, which we are incredibly thankful for.  After the sale, GOT JUNK came and picked up the items that we were unable to sell! Did you know that GOT JUNK responsibly recycles, donates, and disposes of the items they take?

Overall, we raised $8000 selling over 3000 items in 3 days! These proceeds will go directly towards benefitting KC Pet Project and KidsTLC.  We also had so many incredible people helping us every step of the way! Thank you to everyone who came out, we are so grateful that we get to work with such amazing organizations!

Barleen the Dancing Queen

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The Brian M. Anselmo Memorial Foundation (BMA Foundation) draws thousands of people in each year for their Dine & Dance with the Stars event. Local Kansas Citians strut their stuff in the competition to raise funds benefiting many area organizations.

This year Angela Barleen will be channeling her energetic vibes into fundraising and dancing for Do Good Co.! The funds raised by her participation will not only support one, but two deserving causes; KidsTLC and KC Pet Project. Both organizations are committed to transforming lives and helping Kansas City’s most vulnerable children and pets.

Angela is grateful to Jerry Anselmo and the BMA Foundation for this opportunity and hopes to dance her way into your hearts on June 9th! If you would like to support her journey, text BarleentheDancingQueen to 1-844-544-7171. Your vote will not only help her, but will benefit the children and pets of Kansas City.

Sustainable Retail

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There is a misconception in the world of fashion that shopping sustainably equates to paying higher prices for quality clothing. However, that is not always the case.  At Do Good Co. we provide an affordable option to shopping sustainably. By selling merchandise destined for liquidation from corporate donors or gently worn clothing from private donors we are able to lessen the negative environmental impacts of the fashion industry.  In addition, Do Good Co. donates its profits right back to the community through partnerships with KC Pet Project and Kids TLC.

“While our first priority is to improve the lives of kids and pets, I also love that we’re able to offer an environmentally responsible option for retail in Kansas City,” said Krystal Piña of Do Good Co.  “Fashion doesn’t have to be frivolous; it can be an opportunity for a new story.  I love it when I see someone discover something special and offer it a new life!”

As entrepreneurs, consumers and human beings, we can choose to take steps to positively impact the world around us or we can sit back and let our inaction have negative consequences.  Individuals across Kansas City are dedicated to choosing action.

“Every item we purchase as consumers leaves a footprint, when we choose to shop second hand, that has a powerful impact both socially and environmentally,” said Lexi Driggs, native Kansas Citian and owner of Market Collective. “Shopping second hand and vintage pieces is a win-win situation. Generally, you get more unique, better quality pieces for your money and you’re choosing to support small businesses and the local economy.”

How can you support sustainable fashion?  By donating and shopping at Do Good Co., you are participating in the movement to make retail more responsible.  Donating, and shopping, can be done during business hours Wednesday through Saturday 11-7pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

So next time you feel the urge to spruce up your wardrobe, remember there are ways to do so while doing good!

 

Our Beneficiaries

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Do Good Co. has been up and running for six months now, and it has been an absolute honor to be able to share our passion of child and animal welfare with each and every individual who has walked through our doors.

At the heart of our mission are the Kansas City based organizations KidsTLC and KC Pet Project. The funds that KidsTLC receives from Do Good Co. directly impact children and families that are struggling with autism, developmental disabilities, developmental trauma, psychological issues and homelessness.

“With the support of our community, KidsTLC enriches the lives of these children by creating supportive family-focused communities to build resilient relationships, and to transform sometimes painful realities into hopeful futures full of courage, warmth and joy,” said Tacy Alber Mattis, KidsTLC director of marketing. 

In addition, Do Good Co.’s donations help facilitate the care of ill and injured pets who arrive at KC Pet Project on a daily basis. The shelter cares for nearly 10,000 animals a year and works tirelessly to increase the number of homeless pets adopted, and focuses on lifesaving programs promoting pet retention, identification, lost pet reunions and pet ownership education throughout the community. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating a No Kill Kansas City.

“KC Pet Project is an honored charity recipient of Do Good Co. and we couldn’t be more excited about this wonderful partnership," said Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project director of marketing and communications. "The shop has been an amazing addition to 39th Street West and to Kansas City." 

 

Happy Anniversary

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Do Good Co. opened one month ago today!  We are thrilled with the response from our Kansas City community and appreciate your support!

Do Good Co., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded by Janet Curran, Jean LaJoie, Starr Wagstaff, Joelle Fritz and Bruce Campbell. Adam McGill and Krystal Piña-McGill manage the brick and mortar storefront on West 39th St in Kansas City, MO.  

We are passionate about child and animal welfare and sought to create a unique way for the community to come together to support those which we care most. A curated collective of merchandise in which proceeds could be donated to KidsTLC and KC Pet Project became our dream. We have cultivated inventory, partnered with leaders in the non-profit community and sought out individuals who shared their time and resources to support our mission. On June 10th, 2017 our dream was realized and Do Good Co. celebrated it’s grand opening!

Through our blog, we look forward to introducing you to our generous donors, both private and corporate, our volunteers, event partners and ways you can contribute. Whether you make a purchase, donate or volunteer, you are contributing to Do Good Co.’s mission.  

Thank you for an incredible first month; we can’t wait to see what’s next!