Glenville, GA (WSAV) – Meet Linda Darrens. A few weeks ago in January, she opened a Blossom boutique in Glenville, Georgia.
The showcase serves as a free clothing boutique for children in need.
“It’s for foster care, foster care or any less fortunate child who comes from anywhere … they can come and do private shopping here at Blossom. They can come and get 7 full suits of clothes every quarter (of the year), ”Durens explained.
The foster mother herself, Darrence noticed the need for something like this when their family attacked hard times.
In December 2016, they lost their eldest daughter in a car accident. Two years later, her family decided to take two more of their own daughters. When she noticed how little they had arrived, it was clear that they were not alone in such a situation.
“When they came, they were very, very broken. They came with a garbage bag, which was not filled even for a quarter of the way, it had clothes that did not suit them very well, ”Durens explained. “I was thinking about the garbage bag all the time, all the time it was in my head. We were financially happy enough to be able to shop them, but what to do with people who aren’t. ”
In just a few weeks since Blossom opened its doors, the community’s reaction has been somewhat stunning.
After several national publications picked up on the story, Blossom’s phone has not stopped ringing since. With donations coming from other local boutiques, surrounding counties, states and even from abroad from the United Kingdom.
“The generosity of our community, the United States and other countries has been wonderful, that they just, hey, I want to help with that. Hey, I was a foster child and want to help with that. I’m shocked, I don’t even know how to describe it, ”Durens said.
The boutique even offers local teens the opportunity to borrow a prom outfit, with a selection of dresses and jewelry of various sizes.
In the coming months and years, Durens hopes to expand his store and even open an educational center, art institution and even a cultural dance center.
As a family operation, Blossom Boutique continues to accept donations. Their biggest need now is pants for boys of all sizes.
You can find Blossom Boutique at 902 N. Veterans Blvd in Glenville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.