Donations Currently Needed
Women’s clothing – from comfy wear to interview-appropriate, new or gently used
Bras and sleepwear – new or gently used, always desperately needed
Underwear – new only (All women’s items – all sizes but especially large and plus sizes)
Everyday toiletries – deodorant, nail clippers, nail files, hair products, etc. And, other items you may wish to donate to shelter or transitional living program.
SOS Members’ Efforts Make 2011 Christmas Wish List a HUGE SUCCESS!
Members of Mid-Cities SOS are known to be nothing short of AMAZING! The Club’s final project for 2011 was the annual holiday wish List, and this year we aimed very high indeed. Every year, we ask SafeHaven to compile a list of needed and wished-for items to bring a bit of comfort and joy to women who are residing at the shelter due to domestic violence. We’ve all heard many times how many of these women have entered the shelter in a time of crisis, without having had the time or opportunity to pack their belongings. SOS members have always been quick to step up and help take care of many of their needs, and this time was no exception.
Donations began arriving at our December luncheon meeting held at Bonnell’s. Donations kept arriving at our drop-off sites right up till Christmas. AND, our members – obviously very adept at scoping out the sales – kept the donation deliveries coming all the way into early January! Shelter staff was extremely gratified to receive all the wonderful gifts you have provided. We’re told that we certainly did bring smiles to the ladies. We were able to give the gift of comfort to so many residents of the shelters at a time when it was so very needed.
The goal was to provide 100 items of comfortable apparel, including the always-in-demand sleepwear. Members have been curious about the numbers, so please take delight in how well we did:
Sleepwear, including pj’s, robes . . . over 100 (!)
Socks, regular and comfy fuzzies . . . . . . 92
Comfortable pants/tops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Totes/carry-all’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Lingerie items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Plus, a number of gift cards and checks were received that are to be applied to urgent needs, as well as miscellaneous items suitable for shelter use or for residents about to move into their new transitional living quarters.
We cannot thank enough our members who let us use their business or front door as a drop-off site. These are: Linda Eilenfeldt of RE/MAX Masters in Southlake, Sally Bustamante of Bates Container in North Richland Hills, and Patti Campbell’s front door in Colleyville. They helped us to accommodate our members in location and timing and accept donations well beyond our December meeting date.
We also thank those of you who tapped your friends’ and co-workers’ shoulders to help shoot us way over our goal!
Our SOS members should be very proud of how you have touched the lives of those who need our assistance. Because of you, many women were given a little bit more comfort during their stay at the shelter. Applause and kudos to you all!
Anna Saunders, Urgent Needs Committee