The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness
May 3, 2017 Jen Anderson
In Empowerment

Some people think that fashion is frivolous, but it really isn’t. Helping people look and feel their best is a worthy cause. It’s empowering. Wearing an outfit you love on a date, or to an important work meeting can make you feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. Fabulous clothes can help you be your best self.

That’s especially true with plus size clothing. Yona Shine created Yona New York because shopping for plus size clothes can be such a miserable experience. If slogging through the mall can destroy your ego in a few hours, then a positive shopping experience can build it back up.

“Sure, meeting the need for plus size clothes is a good business decision. But it’s also in line with Yona’s personal philosophy of kindness and being of service to others.”

It’s Tough Out There 

You don’t have to look far to find people who could use a hand. Just log on to social media and you’ll hear about friends, acquaintances, and friends of friends who are having a difficult time. One person is facing a serious illness. Another just lost their job and could use a few bucks to help them pay the rent. Someone else is collecting baby toys and clothes for a family in need.

It’s so easy (and sometimes necessary) to shut all that out. There’s so much work to be done that it seems overwhelming. But you don’t have to do it all. If you’ve ever knit a sweater, you know that it gets done one little stitch at a time. One $5 donation may not do much, but add it to a few more $5 donations and it becomes enough.

“One kind gesture such as calling a friend may seem small. But it could mean the world to that friend if they’ve been having a hard time. And it makes both of you feel connected to a larger community – a truly powerful thing.”

Where Can We Start?

There are so many fine organizations that do excellent work helping people in need. Sites like Charity Navigator can help you figure out which charities spend donations wisely and transparently.

 But there’s more work to be done. There are so many people who could use a hand up, and they’re easy to find. Yona Shine often hears about people in need through friends or through her synagogue. She’s always willing to help out – in so many small ways that add up to so much.

Yona mentors girls and helps them find a place to stay if they need it. Yona New York hires young men to work around the office as they get their lives in order. Yona helps organize fundraising teas to benefit local families who need help with expenses, while giving women a chance to dress up and come together as a community. If a family has lost everything in a fire, Yona donates clothes from Yona New York along with whatever she can dig out of her own closets.

I asked Yona why so many people come to her for help. She answered modestly, “I guess people think I’m nice.” I can’t think of a better reputation to have.

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