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Swapping stories with love

admin 15-Jun-2017

Swapping stories with love

It was just a few months earlier when we brought into focus the story of a little girl with a very big heart. Áine O'Farrell had coined the initiative ‘Biryani Hearts’ – giving out beautiful handmade cards to labourers in coordination with the ‘Saturday Biryani Party’.  Focusing on how to make the less fortunate feel appreciated and loved, Aine continues to keep the spotlight on philanthropy. This time she hopes to have it done with clothes and again, lots of love.

Áine's new idea ‘Peace Heart Clothes Story Project’ explores the story or memory held in each item of clothing that a person owns. This initiative is inspired by the stories that she wrote for each of the item that she prepared for a Clothes Swap at the screening of 'True Cost' by FashionRevolutionBH . Because charities for refugees do not accept donations of children's clothes, Aine decided to focus on local love instead.  It has been initiated in partnership with ‘A Box of Goodness’ who will be liasing with local mosques, churches, and temples to distribute gently-used, preloved special clothes.

Children are invited to look into their closets and find two pieces of special, elegant, gently-used clothes to swap and donate. They are encouraged to share a memory or story of the clothes on a heart-shaped note and attach it to the clothes. Aine hopes that this Peace Heart Clothes Story project reminds children that all things have value, even the things that are being donated or swapped. For the recipient, they will come to know that the item was valued and loved, and they will know the story behind the clothes.

The initiative has seen a strong response and already clothes and stories have been donated from families in Barbar, Seef and Amwaj with the first drop off to A Box of Goodness already made.  “We will be continuing collection of the Heart Story Clothes and General Donation of children's clothes through the end of Ramadan at the following locations,” Aine’s mother shared.


 Be part of the change. Collection points to note:


Bright Beginnings, 1771 0405



3920 6615, House 119, Rd 4603, Blk 946



38416059, Ark Gardens



123 Soleil, 3674 3678


Um Al Hassan

Um Al Hassan Residence, 3960 4894