Volunteerism is alive and well in our community, and these efforts are paying off for women and children in crisis. Ruth's Closet, a boutique in Owings Mills, is hosting the One Great Thing 2012 sale. Proceeds from the event help women and children in abusive situations by supporting the House of Ruth programs which helpvictims begin new lives, free of fear and abuse. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Oct. 21 for this year's event. Mano Swartz and Bijoux, both founding sponsors of Ruth's Closet, are supporting One Great Thing 2012. There will be furs, specialty coats and winter accessories. Beautiful jewelry, donated by Bijoux, will be available, as well as a selection of decorative home pieces. There will be a preview on Oct. 18 from 5-9 p.m. Richard Swartz will be on hand at the preview to assist shoppers. Tickets are required to attend the preview at a cost of $20. They can be bought at Ruth's Closet beginning today, Sept. 13.