Sunday, 3 October 2010

Planting the seed ... and a call to arms!

I'll try and be brief and to the point.

This week I read two articles that seemed to have been placed in front of me for a reason.

The first said that the average woman in the US uses 12 products before she leaves the house.  Embarrassingly, a quick mental count put mine over 20.  I know I'm not alone.

I came across the other following a link on twitter - it was about a new movement in the States providing ' beauty and personal hygiene products as well as education and resources to women nationwide whose current situation does not allow them to afford these little luxuries.".

My first thought was that I have a lot of products  - who can I give them to?  After doing some research I came across the website of Refuge.  After passports and vital documentation, the thing they advise you to try and take with you when leaving a violent situation is toiletries.  Toiletries I can do.  We can do.

I made some phone calls, mentioned the idea to friends and was inspired by their responses.  I contacted Refuge.

So. Our aim is to collect as much as possible from the lists on the next page and get it to the women and children who so badly need it.

The amount of goodwill and pledges of support we've received through word of mouth alone in such a small length of time is amazing.

It would be nice to have help from all parts of the UK.  If you feel you could help in any please do let us know.

For further info please email me here.

Thank you!

31 comments:

  1. Let's do this! I'm definitely in.

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  2. how do i post my items? i got massive tres semme bottles and it's going to cost me a bomb in postage. xx

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  3. I would love to help in anyway I can.

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  4. Definitely in. Would need to drop larger stuff off locally though.

    How about lots of unopened make up giveaways and freebies, too? Hotel freebies?

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  5. Great idea, would love to hear more.

    Jules' idea above about hotel freebies could be a good one - I always steal all the toiletries from hotels and never really end up using them!

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  6. What a fantastic idea, would love to help in any way I can xx

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  7. I'm in ladies! Just let us know what the plan is. Maybe we could make it a social event, all bring our bits and bobs, have a natter, maybe meet someone that represents Refuge to hand it all over? Caroline, you're a diamond xxxxx

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  8. You people rock. Amazing support and it's been 48 hours!
    We would definitely use unopened hotel toiletries and
    Am waiting for Refuge to suggest drop off sights.
    Thank you thank you thank you.

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  9. Count me in. Do I have to email you for more information regarding how we get our stuff to you etc?

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  10. So in. Let me know when and where I can drop stuff off.

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  11. I'm in too - the link is not working to email you with details. What a great idea. Jan

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  12. yep im in too..would love some more info ...

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  13. thanks Jan - have added the actual address for ease. And Jo - I'm sure there will be an address near you up there - will let you know!

    Thanks again everyone.

    C x

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  14. I was eyeing up unopened bathing goodies in the shower that I've just not got round to using. I'm definitely keen to contribute.

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  15. I'm in! Just need to know where to drop of the goodies! Fabulous idea too, well done x

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  16. I’m in! Just let me know when there is a central London drop off. I will also try to mustering up some interest at work.

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  17. I am definitely in! Would love to be emailed details about where to send of drop things off x

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  18. Definitely in! What about stuff that's been used i.e. tested and not liked, as I've got quite a few shampoos/conditioners/foundations that I've tried maybe two or three times and that just haven't worked for me?

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  19. what about stuff like gift with purchase things? you usually get some kinds of face cleansers/eyemake up removers/face creams in there.
    And other stuff, like could we send packs of Q-tips, face wipes etc?

    And what about creams (i have sensative skin so i use body creams about once and if they dont work for me they get thrown in my draw) could i send those?

    pixie xx

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  20. Got an insane amount of products that I'd love to hand over! Will include items left from my blog sale. Also have drawers full of samples. Would they be suitable? Some are samples you get from magazines, some GWPs.
    Fantastic idea. Keep spreading the word!
    Chrissy xx

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  21. Just read about this on BangsandaBun. I am totally in and can cover the Southampton area if that helps?

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  22. Sure we can help, how do we do it being in deepest Cornwall?

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  23. Brilliant idea, have emailed about 15 other girls to spread the word - hopefully they will contact their friends and so on and so on. Good luck with this, I already have a bag of stuff for you!
    xx

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  24. I'm definately on board for this.x

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  25. hi i have quite a few bits and pieces i could contribute, look forward to hearing more details.
    amina
    http://aminasbazaar.blogspot.com

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