Taking Care of Our Communities: Nordstrom + Mary's Place
Like many cities across the United States, the city of Seattle is facing a homelessness crisis. Estimates show that at least 500 families in the city (mostly single mothers and children) will be sleeping outside tonight in cars, tents and doorways. This winter, Nordstrom teamed up with a number of other local businesses to help bring these families inside.
The No Child Sleeps Outside (NCSO) campaign benefits Mary's Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless women, children and families. NCSO is a coordinated effort to raise the $500,000 needed to quickly open an additional crisis shelter to provide a safe, warm place for those 500 homeless families to sleep this winter.
As part of our partnership, Nordstrom employees also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mary's Place annual Holly Jolly Party, which took place during the week leading up to the holidays. This incredible event provided homeless families with a cheerful evening to enjoy a festive meal, pick out holiday gifts for their loved ones, have their presents wrapped, take photos with Santa Claus and receive a new holiday outfit for children—all free of charge. Our employees helped with event setup and were there that evening to serve as personal shoppers, greeters, gift wrappers and dinner hosts.
"I had the great pleasure of meeting six amazing kids and helping them pick out Christmas gifts for their loved ones as well as a new winter outfit," said Megan Rumsey, a Nordstrom Visual Merchandising divisional planner, who served as a Kids' Personal Shopper during the event. "The kids were so excited to be able to choose a gift for their parents and wrap it themselves! Their eyes lit up when they realized they could pick any one item that they wanted. It warmed my heart to be able to share in the experience with them."
With more than 1,600 attendees, the event was able to reach some of the families most in need in our community this winter. "We are beyond grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support from our business community for the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign!" said Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary's Place. "Together as a community we can bring all of the city's homeless families inside, to warmth, safety and hope."