Danita and I attended Holy Name School together many years ago; more than I care to admit. I love nothing more than seeing former classmates pursuing their passion. Well actually, I take that back. There is one thing I love more than seeing former classmates pursue their passion. That is seeing former classmates pursue their passion and using the proceeds to further philanthropic efforts. Danita has done this with the creation of GRACE.Empowered.
Inspired by her deeply rooted passion for youth, Danita decided to create a line of t-shirts; the proceeds of which would are donated to organizations that benefit youth who are in need. Her shirts are currently available with one of two sayings 'Be A Nice Human' and 'Saved by Grace.' They are available in grey, maroon, black or white. "I chose the name simply because the grace of God is so amazing. It has changed my life. By the grace of God I can do what I do and work with youth," Danita says of the idea for the name of her business.
In just six months of being in operation, GRACE.Empowered has received over 150 total orders. "Every person that purchases an item from GRACE. is contributing to our cause to help youth," Danita explains. Although she is proud of the progress GRACE. has made thus far, she has much more planned in her future goals. "I plan to expand the shop. I want to add accessories and other products eventually. As a result we will be able to help more organizations and essentially bless more youth," Danita says.
Danita wants other entrepreneurs to know that any venture in business ownership takes time and patience. She also stresses the importance of utilizing your personal network. "Your friends and family will be your biggest cheerleaders, whether that be by purchasing every product or keeping you encouraged. Those are your true supporters, take advantage. Oh, and keep your vision at the forefront of your heart and your mind. When things get difficult, remember why you started," she adds.
To help a youth in need by purchasing a t-shirt and to learn more about GRACE.Empowered, head to the website by clicking here. Also, be sure to follow @_shopgrace and @danitasummers on Instagram and friend Danita Summers on Facebook.