Daisie Foundation distributes new clothes, accessories to 150 CHA residents

Feb 2, 2021

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CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2021) - The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) partnered with Daisie Foundation, a non-profit that specializes in random acts of kindness, to distribute new clothes and accessories to 150 CHA residents last week at the Charles A. Hayes Center.

CHA resident college students and participants of CHA workforce programs shopped from 15 garment racks of clothes set up in the Charles Hayes Center’s Multi-Purpose Room.  

CHA CEO Tracey Scott was on hand.

“Thank you to Daisie Foundation for making this event possible during these challenging times,” CEO Scott said. “This distribution not only reintroduces a sense of normalcy to the lives of our residents, but it provides them the ability to shop for quality clothing in a COVID-safe environment. This event is an example of CHA investing in families to help them thrive.”

Julie Hightower, President of the Board at the Daisie Foundation, said: "The Daisie Foundation is proud to partner with the Chicago Housing Authority, providing support and clothing at a time when many are in need. Because of the generosity of Banana Republic and the Gap Foundation, we are able to give to those who benefit from the services of the CHA, further supporting the community in our home city of Chicago."

Banana Republic donated the clothes to the Daisie Foundation. CHA is one of two organizations with which Daisie Foundation is partnering.

The distribution was sponsored by Springboard to Success (S2S), CHA’s non-profit partner.

Residents followed COVID-19 safety protocols as they shopped wearing face coverings and maintaining social distance in groups of less than 25 throughout the day.

Senaida Arteaga used her lunch break at Mt. Sinai Hospital to pick up some new clothes.

“Right away, I found my size, so I wouldn’t have to go searching, and I picked what I liked,” Arteaga said. “I’ve always liked these events and I’ve always taken advantage of them. I got some sweaters for me and a cute jacket for my daughter. And I got me a pair of shoes, which I needed.”

About Daisie Foundation: A national organization, Daisie Foundation provides ongoing opportunities for under-resourced women and children in Chicago. The Foundation expanded to Houston, Texas in December 2020. Through our combined efforts, women gain a platform to be heard, children are inspired to dream bigger, and families share more opportunities to succeed. You can learn more about how our 501(c)(3) nonprofit works to empower, inspire, and assist in the improvement of our society by visiting www.daisiefoundation.org

About Banana Republic Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand committed to work for a better republic. Designed for people with purpose who share a passion for life, Banana Republic is redefining luxury by using the finest materials with the latest fabric innovations to create timeless, modern and versatile clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes, handbags, and fragrances. Founded in 1978 in San Francisco, Banana Republic connects with customers online and in company-operated and franchise retail locations globally. For more information, please visit www.bananarepublic.com

About Chicago Housing Authority: The Chicago Housing Authority is the second-largest public housing agency in the nation, providing safe, stable and affordable housing to approximately 64,000 low-income families and individuals at family, senior, scattered site and mixed-income properties and through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. For more information, please visit www.thecha.org