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thank you 2011

Posted in Change the Story, News by christy winston on January 24, 2012

kids say the darnest things

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on November 22, 2011

Why the tag?

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on November 16, 2011

What’s that thing hanging down on the shirt I just bought, let me just cut it off and throw it away so I can wear this super comfy v-neck tee. NO! DON’T THROW IT IN THE TRASH!  That tag is the KEY to help change the story for underprivileged children around the world. ever/after will donate 25% of the net profit to each garment to one of three causes on your behalf: Loving Hearts Babies Home in Uganda, Minnie Street Learning Center, and Rojo Gomez in Mexico.

It is so easy, how could you not! It takes 2 minutes and 37 seconds, we timed it! Just 5 easy steps:

•    Go to http://www.everafterclothing.com/
•    Click on “change the story”
•    Scratch off the code on your ever/after change the story CARD
•    Enter the scratch off code exactly as it appears on the card
•    Click redeem

A huge aspect of ever/after is to get the children involved in giving back. Our goal is that children wearing our brand realize that helping others can extend to all areas of our lives, even the clothing we buy. So when you are entering your scratch off code online, take your daughter, son, niece, nephew, and cousin, whoever it might be, take them with you. Have them enter the code online, and show them how they are helping to change the story.

Meet Amy – Merchandising Intern

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on November 7, 2011

I am…

Driven, Athletic, Silly, and Adventurous! 🙂

Why I joined ever/after

I joined ever/after because I strongly believe in what they stand for. I love to take any chance I can to make a difference and it is such an inspiration to see how Christy made her dreams come true while giving back something in return. I am currently in the process of creating and managing my own non-profit organization with my mom that involves the fashion industry and I love getting experience in the field and seeing what goes on behind-the-scenes. I love seeing my skills being put to good use and I’m learning SO much every day from Nicole and Christy. I love it!

I am most thankful for…

I am most thankful for the experiences and opportunities that God has blessed me with. Every little thing in my life that I have experienced has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t even begin to imagine where I would be today if it wasn’t for the constant support system He has given me 🙂

Favorite quote:

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

My life anthem is…

“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.

It’s such a happy song and I always rock out to it if I need a little pick-me-up!

One thing on my bucket list is…

There’s too many great ones to pick just one! To name a few… I want to travel the world, run a marathon, and sky dive

Meet Michelle – Charity Relations Intern

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on October 24, 2011

I am…

Confident. Passionate. Caring. Positive.

Why I joined ever/after

ever/after is an organization that I admire. I have been passionate about helping others since I was a kid and love volunteering to better my community. With ever/after, I can support a brand that not only is super cute and fashionable, but I can also support a brand that helps make this world a better place with “change a story.” I feel so blessed to have gotten the chance to know Christy and work with Nicole and for the opportunity to allow this company to teach me a little more- especially about the fashion business. I love that I get to watch ever/after grow!

I am most thankful for…

I am most thankful for the people in my life who love me unconditionally and who inspire to me to be a better person each and every day. I’d be so lost without them.

Favorite quote:

“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live now.”

One thing I couldn’t live without…

Two things I could not live without (because I can’t choose just one) are my make-up and my paint set. I love being creative and using my artistic side!

One thing on my bucket list is…

Be someone’s miracle. I don’t know quite how yet, but we’ll see =)

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Meet Anjali – PR Intern

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on October 3, 2011

I am…

Awkward, Quirky, Unique, Athletic

And I laugh a lot 🙂

Why I joined ever/after

I joined ever/after because this isn’t your regular average kids clothing store. ever/after works to “change the story” for underprivileged children all around the world, and that was the main thing that drew me to this company. Not to mention Nicole and Christy are the most friendly warm loving people I have ever met, who wouldn’t want to work with them!?

I am most thankful for…

I am most thankful for the life I have. I have been incredibly blessed with family, friends, an amazing education, and the atmosphere I am surrounded by.

Favorite quote:

“I’m a living sunset

Lightning in my bones

Push me to the edge

But my will is stone

Cuz I believe in a better way” Ben Harper

My Favorite Food

Such a hard choice because I am addicted to eating, but it would have to be either Spicy Chicken Thai fried rice (from Thai Chili, extra spicy!), Broccoli Sundried Tomato Fusili with extra Parmesan from CPK, and OREOS nom nom nom nom!

One thing on my bucket list is…

Adopt a child from India! Her name is going to be Lekha 🙂

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Meet Maddie – Design Intern

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on September 26, 2011

I am…

Outgoing, driven, independent, and fun                                                                                                                           I never stop pushing myself to be a better person, but I also believe you should never stop laughing or take yourself too seriously.

Why I joined ever/after

I joined ever/after in hopes of gaining experience in the fashion industry. I know that I want to go into the fashion industry after college, and as a freshman I was unsure about applying for an internship but despite my hesitation I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I was able to join the ever/after team. It was the perfect opportunity for me to make sure I was heading in the right direction in terms of what I wanted to do with my life and my future career. Working directly with Christy and the other interns has taught me so much and has pushed me to work even harder toward my goals.

I am most thankful for…

My supportive family. I am lucky to say that I grew up having my entire family in the greater Seattle area, where I was able to see my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on a regular basis. My family has done so much for me and I don’t know where I would be without them. I consider my older brother a best friend and I’ve always had a cheering section at everything I participated in throughout my childhood. Their support and love has gotten me so far.

Favorite quote:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

The one thing I can’t live without is…

Chocolate. I get this addiction from my mom…It gets me through stressful days and bad moods like nothing else.

One thing on my bucket list is…

To travel the world. I love to travel and there are so many places I want to see before I die. I think it is the best way to understand other people, learn about other cultures, and appreciate what you have at home.

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Special thanks

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on September 20, 2011

ever/after would like to say thank you to our past interns: Ryanne, Taylor, Jaime, Heather, Erin and welcome back Nicole as our Graphic Designer and Manager of Operations as well as Maddie and Anjali who will be joining our Fall Intern team.

Everyone has been a tremendous help and we thank each and every one of you for helping to change the story. ever/after is excited to see where your next adventures lead you.

Over the next few weeks you will get a chance to meet our amazing Fall interns and how each one of them strives to change the story.

          Our Fall interns rockin’ the Women’s Pima Open-Neck!

How your purchase is creating change

Posted in Change the Story by christy winston on June 9, 2011

So you just bought your ever/after t-shirt and you are sitting at your computer getting ready to choose a cause. But where is this money going? How has your purchase personally helped someone? Well let us tell you! Your contribution has helped the growth of three awe-inspiring children’s charities: Rojo Gomez, The Minnie Street Learning Center, and Loving Hearts Babies Home. Let us give you a little peak into how your donation has helped change the story.

How often do we take for granted the bowl of cereal we eat in the morning? Children from Rojo Gomez, Mexico do not have the option of that quick meal, and often go to school hungry. Rojo Gomez recently started the Breakfast Program, which provides the most important meal of the day for kids in the community. The endeavor has shown positive results not only on the children but on the women who gather to serve the meals as well. This sense of joy and togetherness has inspired a community center for the children that will provide a safe place for them to congregate after school. We are excited to see the impact this community center will continue to make on the village! Take a look at the video!

The Minnie Street Learning Center is located in the heart of one of the lowest-income areas of Southern California. Minnie Street provides a safe after school tutoring service for children in a neighborhood formerly known for gang activity and extremely high drop-out rates. Recently Minnie Street has celebrated their Community Garden, which has continued to bring families together and create unity in the neighborhood.
Loving Hearts Babies Home currently has twenty-seven babies-15 of which have homes! LHBH is continually finding homes for abandoned and orphaned babies, and helping interested families navigate the usually complex process of adoption in Uganda. In this home they are able to take care of the children’s medical needs (many are HIV positive), and provide a caring environment for orphaned babies.

Not just pancakes

Posted in Change the Story by jaimeyoung on February 16, 2011

Did you have to worry about whether or not you would get Breakfast when you were a little kid? Most kids you know probably don’t, but this wasn’t the case a year ago in the community of Rojo Gomez, Mexico. In 2010 an estimated 95% of kids in Rojo Gomez went to school without food on a regular basis. It not only affected them physically and emotionally, but it their hunger interfered with their learning at school as well.

In October of that year a group of volunteers from Mariners Church in Irvine, CA banded together with concerned members of the community to change the story. They started by building a commercial kitchen capable of feeding 300 hungry children each morning. What started as a “Breakfast Program” has quickly evolved into so much more for the people in this community.  Teachers are noticing improvements in the children’s performance in school and it’s a program that provides paid-jobs to some of the women in the village.

In addition to the new “Breakfast Program”, Rojo Gomez is blessed with regular medical and dental clinics, child sponsorships, new buildings, and even volunteer “day trips” that range from teaching the children recreational sports to craft time. The children have grown in amazing ways that both their families and teachers will attest to. “Within the first month of the breakfast program being opened, one of the mothers was asked by her child’s teacher what was different at home. She explained that her children were more focused and not falling asleep in class and the teacher was baffled. The mother went on to explain that the only difference was that they were getting breakfast each morning.” –Rojo Gomez Newsletter

The Mariners volunteers alongside Pastor Daniel’s team are already setting future goals they plan to accomplish in 2011. The goals include building a community center, sponsoring children in school, funding a computer center, and still, feeding children breakfast every day. “We are excited to see the work God has done & continues to do in Rojo Gomez through the hearts of all the Mariners Outreach Volunteers.” –Pastor Daniel, Lo Mejor del Trigo Church in Rojo Gomez

This is such an amazing blessing and we can’t wait to contribute to these progressive programs. We at ever/after are excited to see how we will be able to help sustain some of these projects and empower a community already well on their way to changing their own story.