MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mountainside’s Paula Cerdas gives wedding dresses a second life and helps feed hungry New Jersey families through her organization Lace For Love.

“When COVID started, the hunger problem in my community became very clear to me,” said Cerdas. “So many people lost their jobs and couldn’t put food on the table. I started delivering groceries to families but wondered how I could do more.”

She heard about a Michigan bridal shop and decided to do it again in Garden State.

Cerdas launched Lace For Love in December 2020, which is run entirely by volunteers. She is working to have her organization become New Jersey’s first not-for-profit bridal shop. Cerdas has applied for 501 (c) (3) charitable status.

To get Lace For Love off the ground, Cerdas urges clothing and financial donations.

Currently, Cerdas is keeping the donated dresses at home, but plans to open a retail store to sell the dresses at a significant discount – about halfway through. She has around 135 dresses with an aim to collect 250 before opening the store.

“It’s super exciting and at the same time a bit overwhelming,” said Cerdas of the founding of her organization.

Once the store is open, brides can make an appointment and buy dresses in the store. If a bride is interested, she can contact [email protected] or 973-944-0596 now to schedule an appointment with Cerdas.

All of the money raised from the profits of the clothes goes to Table to Table – a community-based food rescue program that collects perishable and prepared food.

For more information on Lace For Love, volunteering, or making a donation, visit laceforlove.com.

Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness of the millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that about 42 million Americans may not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social patch project. Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.

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