Giving back

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2001

Fashion store donates Easter clothing

In the two years that Young's Fashions and Beauty Supply has occupied its location in Greenville's Butler Square shopping center (adjacent to Goody's), the fledgling business has taken off.

Customers stop by routinely for specialty hair, skin and nail products, color cosmetics, wigs, extensions and a large variety of accessories and gift items.

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Native-born Korean and businesswoman Young Sond and her family operate this venture with a hope to do more than simply take in revenue from the community.

The family's desire is to turn and actually give a portion back of what they have built here, business-wise, to their friends, neighbors and customers in the Camellia City.

"The people here have been very, very nice and friendly to us," Sond explains with a smile.

Young Sond, in turn, has put smiles on the faces of many delighted young people throughout this area through her generosity.

"Last Christmas, I had extra stock of clothing, since the business was moving out of the clothing line.

I wanted those clothes to do some good out there.

So I got my customers through their churches to pass the clothing along to people who could use it

. . . that went very, very well.

We knew we wanted to do something like that every year," explains Sond.

When Easter began to roll around this year, Sond heard that the local schools would be interested in her clothing donation plans.

Why not take a few frilly dresses to the elementary school to donate to some lucky little girls?

That's just what happened.

A collection of Young Sond's prettiest, frilliest pastel dresses in different sizes were delivered to W.O. Parmer just in time for eight lucky young ladies to enjoy them for Easter.

The little girls were "thrilled" according to W.O. Parmer Principal Carole Teague, who applauds Young Sond for "her compassionate and caring spirit."

The entrepreneur is quick to explain that she doesn't do the clothing give-aways for publicity.

."Oh, no-I feel when people show you kindness, then you should try to return the same to them- help out the churches, schools, and so on," Sond explains.

Young Sond and her family have high hopes for the continued success of their business in Greenville.

"As we see our business growing- we are going to give more and more of what we can back to this community. You know, we may not have something big we can do, but we can do our little part to help out," the business owner comments.

Young Sond has been in this country for some 16 years.

A number of native-born Americans spend a lifetime here and never seem to learn the simple lesson taught by this native of Korea: it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.