Irwin student’s love of shopping inspires school apparel giveaway
Irwin’s Saydee Resnik loves back-to-school shopping.
This year, the rising senior from Hempfield Area High School is sharing her excitement by hosting a clothing giveaway for high school girls on August 6 at Pazaz Christian Dance Academy in Greensburg.
Shopping hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the studio at 500 Chestnut St.
The project has its roots in a personal essay Resnik wrote for a freshman seminary class.
“I thought about some things that I liked, and I like shopping for back to school,” she said. “This year, I wanted to make sure the other girls felt good about themselves when they went back to school too.”
Saydee’s mother, Johna Resnik, helped organize the project.
The couple began soliciting donations of new and gently used girls’ clothes in December by handing out flyers and spreading the word on Facebook. The response was overwhelming.
“We have an entire basement full of clothes,” Johna said. “I told my son he was going to have to leave his room very soon.”
Items to donate include clothing for all seasons: shorts, pants, tops, dresses, sweatshirts and sweaters, as well as shoes, pajamas, scarves, bags and purses. Clothing sizes range from extra small to 2XL.
Lisa Waryanka, owner of Salon Boutique in Jeannette, also donated makeup bags.
Everything is in good condition and will be sorted by category and size.
“Saydee spent countless hours in the basement sorting out,” Johna said. “We made sure there were no holes, no snags, no stains, in any of the things we give out.”
The Resniks had help from employees at the UPS hub in New Stanton and Saydee’s colleagues from the Hempfield cheer squad.
“Saturday the cheerleaders will be there to help the girls pick out the clothes they want,” Saydee said.
Johna’s father, John Johnson of Irwin, will build racks to hang the clothes.
“He’s our charity sidekick for all of our events,” she said.
The mother and daughter organized other giveaways, including a backpack giveaway at Norwin Christian Church.
They chose Pazaz for the Aug. 6 giveaway because of its location and because Saydee once danced there and the owner, Toni Bazala, is a family friend.
“We held events in Norwin, but we didn’t think there were a lot of kids who needed them,” Johna said. “We were trying to think of a place where people could walk. There are plenty of families in Greensburg who could walk to Pazaz if they had to.
The Resniks first asked potential buyers to sign up for the giveaway, but walk-ins are welcome.
“We asked for registrations to get an idea of the size we needed, so we could accommodate everyone,” Johna said. “We’ll be here until the clothes are gone; we will never refuse anyone.
If there are any leftovers, she said, “We’re thinking of doing a quick post on Facebook to open it up again for a few hours on Sunday, just to see what we can get rid of from there.”
If there are clothes left after that, they will look for a place to donate them.
Event information and registration is available at signupgenius.com or by emailing [email protected]