With NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference (SDC) little more than three weeks away, show organizers are asking attendees once again to raid their closets for gently worn business clothing and accessories to donate to charities in host city San Antonio, Texas, through the Schedulers and Dispatchers advisory council’s Pay It Forward program.
The program is entering its ninth year, and SDC showgoers have donated thousands of garments, which are collected by local organizations such as Dress for Success, to distribute to disadvantaged people seeking proper clothing for interviews and/or work.
Each year, the number of donated items has risen, tallying nearly 17,000 over the past eight years, according to Pay It Forward chair and co-founder Debbi Laux. Garments or cash donations can be deposited at the Pay It Forward area, which will be located near the exhibit floor entrance at the city’s Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
“We are excited as this will be the second time that we have partnered with the San Antonio chapter of Dress for Success as we support their efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many,” said Laux, a candidate specialist with Aviation Personnel International. “We can all help create confidence with clothing for those receiving the donations as they seek to be self-sufficient and employed when we pay it forward.”