WYNWOOD – There’s a lot going on at Mana Wynwood on this prep day for the 12th Annual Style Saves Back to School event on Saturday and Sunday.
The Miami-based nonprofit was founded by Rachael Russell Saiger and Isabela Rangel Grutman.
The weekend offers underprivileged students and families the opportunity to receive uniforms, sneakers, school supplies, apparel and more in a department store-style format.
“This weekend, we’re going to be disturbing the community’s backpacks, uniforms, everything they need to go back to school in style, plus some extra goodies,” said Isabela Rangel Grutman, vice-president. President of Styles Saves.
This year, the biggest ever, they expect to dress some 15,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
“We really want to make sure that we choose the families who need it the most,” Rachael Russell Saiger said. “It’s for the families that have had the most financial hardship, so we’re really focusing on the demographics of the homeless, the migrant camp workers, the families of low-income South Florida families, and the public schools in general.
Volunteers of all ages were on hand on this loading day to organize all the new items, including Style Saves’ own brand of clothing and accessories.
The kids work here from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make this weekend special for so many.
“I just like helping others and it makes me feel good and it makes others feel good,” said Yianni Tettamanti, a 12-year-old volunteer.
“I follow Style Saves on Instagram so they say ‘we need volunteers’ and I’m happy to help. I love giving back to my community and small businesses like my Style Saves,” the 16-year-old said. year. volunteer Aliezia.
Austin Reynolds, 28, who uses a wheelchair, started volunteering with Style Saves 5 years ago and now oversees the loading process.
CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo asked him what Style Saves meant to him.
“Everything. Seeing the faces of these children on Saturday and Sunday means everything we did was worth it because it makes everyone’s day brighter and sends them back to school.
Reynolds says he understands better than anyone how important it is to give back.
It’s a personal thing, because everyone is doing everything they can to help me throughout my life,” he said. “So this week, in general, is the best week of my year because it gives me the opportunity to help others when everyone is doing their best to help me.”
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