Guiding Light to End on Altruistic Note

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Kim Zimmer (Reva, Guiding Light)Soapdom has just learned that wardrobe from Guiding Light will be donated to New York's Bottomless Closet. Bottomless Closet announced today that iconic soap opera, Guiding Light, is donating a portion of its wardrobe to help economically disadvantaged New York City women enter and succeed in the workforce. The world's longest-running soap opera will end its 72 year-run this coming September and will provide Bottomless Closet with the show's stock of women's business appropriate clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories.

Isn't that so cool? Women who are struggling to get back out in the workforce so that they can earn decent salaries to support them and their families, sometimes find it difficult to outfit themselves for the ever important job interview. Why? Because without a job to depend on, many can't afford to purchase the ever important new business suit. With today's economy making the job hunt that much harder -- hundreds to thousands of applicants for the same job -- the interviewee must not only come prepared with experience and a knock out resume, but dress the part as well. Imagine the confidence you'd muster if you were going to meet your prospective new boss wearing a designer suit that had been worn on air by Reva (Zim Zimmer) or Lizzie (Marcy Rylan). Yup, way cool.

"Since we film in New York City, it seemed fitting to donate the clothes to Bottomless Closet and help women in our community to improve their lives," stated Shawn Reeves, Guiding Light's Costume Designer. " High unemployment rates make it more crucial than ever for women to have the right outfits for job interviews and to remain competitive in the workplace."

Soapdom has learned that Guiding Light's donation will become part of Bottomless Closet's ‘boutique' at the organization's headquarters in the Hotel Pennsylvania. Women who are referred to Bottomless Closet receive two complete outfits prior to going on a scheduled job interview and can return for three more outfits once they find employment. Over 1,600 New York City women will be outfitted in the Bottomless Closet boutique this year.

"We greatly appreciate Guiding Light's generous donation, which will support our efforts to provide women with business attire so they can interview with confidence and enhance their self esteem," said Kendall Farrell, Bottomless Closet's Executive Director. "Our clients will have interview outfits literally fit for a leading lady."

Donors may drop off clothing at Bottomless Closet's office, 15 Penn Plaza, B-Level, Suite 40, Monday through Thursday. 212-563-2499

FYI, Bottomless Closet helps disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that begins with business attire and interview preparation and continues with professional development, financial management and personal enrichment. Using the model of women helping women and our network of dedicated volunteers, Bottomless Closet enhances our clients' self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to enter and succeed in the workforce and improve the quality of their lives.