Katie Mullings, left, and Traci Muldoon, right, compete in creating an outfit from the donated clothing at the event. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Sophie Tipton, left, and Sam Panganiban, right, donate clothing at the Working Wardrobes event at Choux Creme on Thursday night, April 20, 2017. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Franky Barajas, left, and Lianne Sanches, right, have their photos taken with confetti and props at the Working Wardrobes event in Fullerton. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Fashion and food blogger, Mindy Nguyen, center, takes some photos for her blog, @ThreadsNbreads, at the Working Wardrobes clothing drive hosted at Choux Creme in Fullerton. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Members of Titan PR, which put on the event for Working Wardrobes at Choux Creme in Fullerton. (left to right) AllisonThuang, Leslie Mendez, Arianna Ford, and Franky Barajas take photos at their event which asked for clothing donations to help Working Wardrobes, their client. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Leslie Mendez, left, greets Sophie Tipton, center, and Sam Panganiban, right, as they enter the clothing drive for Working Wardrobes in Fullerton. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
Fashion bloggers, Ria Lazo, left, @riaxla, and Mindy Nguyen, right,@ThreadsNbreads, pose for a photo at Choux Creme, which served as the venue for the event. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)
The plastic bags were filled with gently worn collared shirts and pants, dresses and blazers. In the trunk of Khinsey Vong’s car, there appeared to be enough clothing to fill dozens of closets.
Last week, Working Wardrobes, an Orange County nonprofit that helps people dress professionally for job interviews, received 884 pieces of clothing from Fullerton residents who flocked to downtown’s Choux Creme to help the cause.
Richard Kwak, owner of the Fullerton ice cream shop, said he didn’t know much about Working Wardrobes before Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Public Relations team approached him recently about hosting a clothing drive.
But, the 29-year-old said, “I figured I’d help my community out.”
The event, which accepted donations of shoes, clothing and accessories for men and women of all sizes, featured food and fashion bloggers Mindy Nguyen and Ria Lazo – Lazo is a CSUF student with more than 10,000 followers on Instagram.
CSUF Titan PR, a student-run coalition with several clients, promoted the clothing drive on social media, arranged wardrobe competitions the day of and had prizes for winners.
Kwak, who last year opened Choux Creme in the bar-dominated downtown corridor, said hosting the event was a good way to raise awareness locally for a good cause.
“I know this area is the center of Fullerton, but it’s new to me,” he said. “Any way I can work together with someone on something like this is great.”
This year, Working Wardrobes has hosted 80 clothing drives and mixers – some at CSUF. Last week’s was the nonprofit’s first in the Fullerton community.
All donations are quality checked before they are distributed to Working Wardrobes clients or resale shops.
“We always want to expand and engage young adults,” said Vong, the organization’s volunteer and community events coordinator. “Cal State Fullerton’s PR team reached out to us with a project that was different and unique. They wanted to bring the community into the fold and make a positive change.”
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