September 25, 2022

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Irwin student’s love of shopping inspires school clothing giveaway

Saydee Resnik of Irwin really likes back-to-school shopping.

This year, the rising senior at Hempfield Area High School is sharing her enthusiasm by organizing a clothing giveaway for high school-age girls Aug. 6 at Pazaz Christian Dance Academy in Greensburg.

Shopping hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the studio at 500 Chestnut St.

The project had its roots in a personal essay Resnik wrote for a freshman seminar class.

“I thought about certain things I liked, and I like back-to-school shopping,” she said. “This year, I wanted to be sure that other girls felt good about themselves when they were going back to school, as well.”

Saydee’s mother, Johna Resnik, helped to organize the project.

The pair started soliciting donations of new and gently used girl’s clothing in December by distributing flyers and passing the word on Facebook. The response was overwhelming.

“We have an entire basement full of clothes,” Johna said. “I told my son he’s going to have to move out of his room pretty soon.”

Items to be given away include clothing for all seasons: shorts, pants, tops, dresses, sweatshirts and sweaters, along with some shoes, pajamas, scarves, bags and purses. Clothing sizes run from extra small to 2XL.

Lisa Waryanka, owner of Salon Boutique in Jeannette, also donated makeup bags.

Everything is in good shape and will be sorted by category and size.

“Saydee has spent countless hours in the basement sorting,” Johna said. “We made sure there’s not a hole, there’s not a snag, not a stain, in any of the things we’re giving out.”

The Resniks have had help from employees of the UPS hub in New Stanton and Saydee’s fellow members of the Hempfield cheer team.

“On Saturday, the cheerleaders will be there to help the girls to pick out the clothes that they want,” Saydee said.

Johna’s father, John Johnson of Irwin, will construct racks for the clothing to hang on.

“He’s our charity sidekick for all of our events,” she said.

Mother and daughter have organized other giveaways, including a backpack distribution at Norwin Christian Church.

They chose Pazaz for the Aug. 6 giveaway because of its location and because Saydee formerly danced there and owner, Toni Bazala, is a family friend.

“We’ve done events in Norwin, but we didn’t think there were a whole lot of kids who needed this out there,” Johna said. “We were trying to think of a place that people could walk to. There are plenty of families in Greensburg who could actually walk to Pazaz if they had to.”

The Resniks initially asked potential shoppers to register for the giveaway, but walk-ins are welcome.

“We asked for sign-ups to get an idea of the sizing we needed, so we could accommodate everyone,” Johna said. “We’ll be there until there are no clothes left; we will never turn anybody away.”

If there are leftovers, she said, “We’re thinking about doing a quick post on Facebook to open it up again for a couple of hours on Sunday, just to see what we can get rid of from there.”

If clothing remains after that, they’ll look for a place to donate it.

Information and registration for the event is available at signupgenius.com or by emailing [email protected]

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .