Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Give and Makeup Urgent Appeal


Hi Everyone.

I just came back from a Refuge drop off and have an update regarding their current families in need. This is their busiest time of year but they have had a recent influx of young girls under the age of 10 - between 2 and 8 especially.

These children turned up with literally the clothes on their back, nothing more. If you can spare any of the following and post them to the below address it would be hugely helpful in giving these children some comfort in what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year for little ones.

When thinking about what to send for children (and the women for that matter) the easiest way is to look at what you use from the moment you wake up.

They need:
Pyjamas
Underwear
Vests
Tights
Skirts
Trousers
Tops
Sweaters
Cardigans
Coats
Shoes

Second hand is obviously fine, but please do make sure they are clean. It only causes additional work (and cost) for an already-stretched team if they have to wash everything.

And then any kind of suitable toys and DVDs. Nothing graphic, no play guns etc and no violent films. Educational children's DVDs, puzzles, games, dolls - anything. 

These children have nothing

Neither do their mothers, but they are particularly short of things for small people at the present time.

Give and Makeup c/o
Pardip Barmi
PO BOX 855
LONDON
W4 4AW

I am updating the Give and Makeup page right now to reflect the seasonal need. All your questions can be answered there but I will obviously answer any that I can in the comments.

Thanks everyone.

27 comments:

  1. I've been putting a box of unwanted cosmetics together for Give and Makeup, will get a couple of things from Tu at Sainsburys as well as I buy my little girl's clothes from there. Why is there such an influx of young girls? x

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  2. Caroline - Does Give and Makeup have a way of accepting online monetary donations? I live in the U.S., so that may be the fastest/most efficient way to help.

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    1. Lynn, I'm not certain if G&M is set up for monetary donations, but I know that you can donate to Refuge directly from their donations webpage: https://www.refuge.org.uk/single-online-donation/. I am sure they would appreciate any help that way, too.

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  3. I'm going to the post office on Friday, I will take anything I can find at the same time.

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  4. I've been having a bit of a sort out of make up I no longer use so can definitely send that but I also have quite a few top end (mainly red) lipsticks (Chanel, Lancome) that have only been used a couple of times. Am I right in thinking these wouldn't be suitable for hygiene reasons and if so is there anywhere/anyone else that could make use of them? Seems such a shame to just bin them.

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    1. As the Give and Makeup link says, they accept everything second-hand and new, with the exception of mascara and lip glosses for hygiene reasons xx
      http://www.carolinehirons.com/p/give-and-makeup.html?m=1

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  5. Received & understood. ✔️✔️✔️

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  6. Words fail me. You have a very generous heart. Thank you for being such a wonderful role model xxx

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  7. I'm so happy you are sensitive about these things and especially about the refugees. People must know about the situation in Mediterranean, it socks me when ppl don't know why these ppl have to leave their country (the real reasons, not just what they tell us on the news). Thousands of kids get drawn every year. I live in Greece and although things are difficult for us we still try to help as much as we can. From my experience, these ppl don't need makeup but clothes and food... And of course a warm welcome from us. Bravo Caroline... So so proud of you! X

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    1. This is unrelated to refugees, this is Refuge, the service for women and children escaping domestic violence. x

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  8. I have 2 girls aged 5 and 10 I have just been though their wardrobes and and sorted out 2 big bags of stuff to send I am ashamed to say some of the things still have labels on am so glad they are not going to waste now

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  9. Have started sorting as we speakxxxxxx

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  10. We just packaged up a box. My 5 year old even picked out some of his books and clothes for them! Am so proud of him. Keep up the good work xx

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  11. Have just packaged up a box. My 5 year old even chose some of his books and clothes to add in! Am so proud of him. Keep up the good work x

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  12. I ordered my Cult Beauty box earlier and then sorted a big box of clothes for this cause, seemed the least I could do after that huge treat to myself. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Caroline

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  13. Huge box sending via collect plus as much cheaper. £10 for 10kilos

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  14. Huge box sending via collect plus as much cheaper. £10 for 10kilos

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  15. I have just made a donation to Womens Aid. I was so upset by some of the comments on Instagram yesterday about the beauty box selling out so quickly that I felt it was the least I could do. I am time poor at the moment so cannot send items but wanted to show my support in some way. Thank you for highlighting the needs of this charity. Maybe some people could remember just how lucky they are.

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  16. Hi there! Can I give from the U.S.? I just came across this post and I've been thinking of donating some nearly-new clothes and makeup... I'd rather give to this sort of cahrity than goodwill who will sell it as oppose to give it to those in need.

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  17. Collectplus does not send to PO Boxes - POst office it is!

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  18. just posted my parcel - as it was heavy (over 5kilos) it is sent parcelforce 48 hrs tracked! Going to send more later this week.

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  19. Hi Caroline. I don't know if you read comments on old(ish) posts, but I'll try anyway because it's important: I've just sent a box full of stuff to the kids and their mothers and would be very happy to send more, but... is this PO BOX one of those free of charge? If not, is there any other way to deliver the goods, even if personally? I paid over £12 to post it and, as much as I think it's worth it, it just makes me think that I could have spent those £12 in MORE stuff for the kids rather than give it to Royal Mail... :/ Please let me know if we have any alternatives, if it's ok. Thank you x

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    1. Hi Cynthia,
      No unfortunately there is no way of dropping off due to security reasons. We literally deal direct with shelters and there is obviously no way of sharing those locations.

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  20. If people didn't waste so much money on £100 creams, there would be more money to help thsee people....

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    1. I think it's all relative Mel. People spend what they can afford and it makes the economy go round. And it depends what you class as 'waste'.

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  21. This is such a good cause, and I sent a package as soon as I read this post - bought new clothes and games from Mothercare sent directly to the address you gave. Alas, I've just received a returned/refunded email from Mothercare for the whole lot. What did I do wrong? Does the PO Box not accept items direct from retailers, or was it somehow full? I will donate the equivalent to Refuge, but so upset that all those things didn't reach a little girl for Christmas.

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