Helping Out In Swimwear

If you are into charity work, then you will realise how difficult it is to come up with new ideas for helping people or raising money, especially if you are on ‘the committee’.

Not everybody agrees with charity work, imagining that governments should take on the function of charity worker, but no one can deny that governments are not doing enough, so people and charitable associations have to step in.

As a donor or as a charity worker, you obviously have the right to decide whom you support. A hundred years ago, middle class charity workers tried to help the local poor; then after the Second World War, charities started looking further afield and Africa and other places became the focus of their aid.

Nowadays, the cycle has gone full circle for a lot of people and they are beginning to look to the local underprivileged again. The old expression that ‘Charity Begins At Home’ appears to be ringing true with people again. So what could you do to assist the local underprivileged?

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, USA, has come up with a fresh concept. They discovered that numerous individuals bought at least one swimming costume every year. Those individuals might keep them until the next year, if they particularly liked them, but they would still buy a new swimming suit every year.

The thing is, that individuals hang onto their old swimming costumes until one day, they find them at the back of the drawer and it occurs to them to toss them out. Occasionally, for ladies, the top half will break – a strap or the clasp – and they are left with a pair of bottoms. Men are inclined to hang onto their bathers for years.

At the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, they decided to initiate a campaign to collect all the old swimming costumes, jumble them all up and invite parents and kids in to choose a ‘new’ swimming costume.

A lot of the kids that turned up, particularly the girls, had never had a swimming costume before – they had always used cut down jeans and a t-shirt.

Now, there are several ways you could go about this, when you have collected your boxes of swimming costumes. You can try to create sets for girls – tops and bottoms that match – or you could merely throw them all together and let individuals have the fun of making up a two article swimming suit.

If you are trying to raise money for something like school books or a new church roof, then you could make a fixed price per swim suit. However, if you are trying to attract adults or kids to your establishment – say a Sunday School or a local community centre – you could place a promotional leaflet in with every costume when it is bagged.

You could also have volunteers standing about prepared to give fashion advice or you could sell tea or coffee and homemade cakes. Whichever way you look at it, this is a really clever concept for helping individuals get an affordable/free swimming costume and put your idea over.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on several topics, but is now involved with Speedo Swimming Costumes. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at Swimwear For Big Busts.

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