You may have heard on the news that some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are plus-size women, who are wearing GARBAGE BAGS because the shelters don't have any clothes that fit them.
This is an ongoing problem for charities, which get very few donations of larger clothing. I know there are many of you on this list who are "sumptuous" sized--that's why I made the patterns up to size 30--so I'm asking you to please go into your closets and give whatever you don't use anymore. These women have lost everything, and they need everything---from that party dress you wore once to a pair of comfortably broken in jeans. Please don't think that anything that's clean and in good condition isn't good enough to wear--after all, if you only had a few donated outfits to wear out in public, you'd want some older casual clothes to wear around the house to keep the good stuff nice.
Those of you who don't have plus sized clothing to give can also give to this cause, if you like- the people organizing it have put out lists of other things they need. Things like toiletries, books, shoes, ...anything, really.
So please, everyone, if you can, contact Candace at the email address below and arrange to get the special labels for your shipments. tell them I sent you--Let's show them that Margonians care!
CURVY CHICKS CARE
Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
Has anyone else noticed how a lot of the refugees from Katrina are plus-sized women? This past Saturday two feature stories on CNN were about two "Curvy" women, one who gave birth after the storm and one who despite the destruction on the coast, married in a shelter on Saturday in Jackson, MS.
If you have ever visited New Orleans, then you understand the weather… extreme heat and humidity. Can you imagine surviving the storm, arriving at one of the shelters, finally getting a hot shower and then having no clean clothes to wear because they did not have your size? I can see this being a real problem.
Many of us at www.curvychick.com have been asking, how can we help our curvy "southern" chicks. Well, we have a solution. We, as members of The Curvy Chick, can/will send our old plus-sized clothes to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Most charities are accepting only cash donations, however why should perfectly good, plus-sized used clothes go to waste when there are a lot of women who need them?
Goodwill Industries of Houston is accepting and distributing donations of goods (instead of just cash). Packages marked for "Distribution for Refugees of Hurricane Katrina" will be distributed to those families.
ANOTHER opportunity is to adopt a curvy chick member. We currently have over 50 members who have been effected by Hurricane Katrina and are in need of your help. I have personally adopted a member and will be sending her a care package that will include personal care items along with clothes that are of her size. Remember these members are going to need your help for months to come, so you can make a difference in their lives each month especially as we are upon the holiday season. There are so many ways you can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.
If you want to adopt a member, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pair you up with that member as we progress in our efforts. If you know of a "Curvy Chick" who is in need of our help who may not be a member of our community, please let us know and we will do all we can to help them as well.
I think this is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for us to expand the Curvy Chick community by helping our "Curvy Cousins" in need. It would be a great way to show the world how awesome the women are who make up the Curvy Chick community!
Whether you chose to adopt a family or send your items directly to the distribution center in Houston, TX, we will have a "Curvy Chicks Care" label to place on your package that will indicate that your donation is specifically for Katrina's plus-size refugees. A letter is available for you to place inside your package to explain our relief efforts.
To receive the label and letter, please email me at email@example.com. Please note that these labels are not shipping labels, for the cost of shipping the clothes will have to be funded by the individuals who choose to participate.
Please note that you may ship your clothes to:
Goodwill Industries of Houston
5200 Jensen Drive
Houston, Texas 77026
Phone: (713) 692-6221
Fax: (713) 692-0923