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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Kandid Boutique Gives Back With Holiday Clothing Drive

Kandid Boutique is currently going through its inventory in order to donate 45 items of clothing to Sunrise Youth Support Center. They hope to donate your gently used clothing items, too.

Kandid Boutique, an online clothing and accessory retailer, launched April 5. The longtime dream of Anna Steffen (who graduated Highlands High School this spring) and Kennedy McDermott (now a Newport Central Catholic High School senior), Kandid Boutique has experienced tremendous success in its nine months of business.

As such, Steffen and McDermott decided to give back this holiday season and they want your help. Donate two items of gently used clothing and they'll reward your kindness with a $10 gift certificate. "We were just looking for a way to share some love this holiday season and clothes is the best way we know how," McDermott says.

Anna Steffen and Kennedy McDermott, owners of nine-month-old Kandid Boutique.

Together Steffen and McDermott are donating 45 articles of Kandid's clothing, as well as clothes from their personal wardrobes and that of their customers. "We are asking our customers to send us two of their gently used items that we will sort through and organize before packaging them to give away," McDermott says. "Each customer that donates will receive a $10 gift card to our store."

The majority of the donations will be given to Sunrise Youth Support Center. "This is an organization sponsored by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to help teens in difficult situations stay on a positive track in their lives," McDermott says. "It offers counseling and behavioral therapy to inspire kids with hardship-filled backgrounds to get on a successful life track. Overall we chose this specific charity because it hits close to home. They have centers in Morehead, Lexington, Elizabethtown and Florence. ... It is a great cause bettering our community and we are ecstatic to have the privilege of participating in it."

To participate, all clothing needs to be delivered to Kandid Boutique, 21 Hawthorne Ave., Fort Thomas, by Friday, December 18th. Simply place your items in a box and write "DONATION" on the outside. Inside include a piece of paper with your email address so that Steffen and McDermott can send you your $10 gift certificate, which will be effective immediately.

"We are hoping to receive gently worn items for teens and young adults, both male and female," McDermott says. "Once all of the items are received we will wrap them, styling as many as we can into outfits, and then the rest just by sizes. We'll deliver them Monday, December 21 to Sunrise." 

A sneak peek of some of Kandid Boutique's upcoming spring offerings.

Clearly, business at Kandid Boutique is great. They have received significant support from the community and their site is regularly updated with new offerings, including gift cards just in time for the holiday season. "We have an amazing spring collection coming in the next few months and we could not be more thankful for everyone who has supported us along the way," McDermott says. "These past nine months have been more successful than we ever imagined possible, but Anna and I both agree that we just haven't had that 'complete' feeling, and we believe this to be because we haven't given back. So this holiday season we really want to share our gratitude for our good fortune by giving back to the community in the best way we know how." 

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