Dressing up has always been our princesses favorite thing to do. Princess Genevieve says the fondest memories of her childhood are held in those long days that never seemed to end that were full of “pretend” and getting lost in a story in her own mind. Whether you have friends over or are playing in your room by yourself, a box of dress up clothes holds endless possibilities!
That’s why in 2009, we began hosting this twice annual event in Northern VA. We do it once, the spring for Easter clothes, and in the Fall for Halloween Costumes (our favorite)! It has since grown and expanded to the New River Valley in VA and inspired many others to start collections of their own.
Why It’s Important
We are firm believers that make-believe is vitally important in a child’s early years. Dress up and pretend are the times when children are able to escape from the reality of the adult world and get lost in their fantasies.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. – George Bernard Shaw Read
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -Mark Twain
The man who has no imagination has no wings. – Muhammad Ali
It would be nice if as adults we did a little more of this ourselves.
We start our collection for the spring a month before Easter weekend. Fall collection time begins in late September and runs until a week before Halloween. Here’s a few ways that you can get in on the fun.
If you are a Girl Scout troop who wants to get involved contact Jennifer. We are looking for libraries, churches, or businesses who wish to host a drop off box location.