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Just A Thought

I've been watching the news lately and am so saddened by what has happened in Oklahoma.  


It made me think about "what if I lost everything" (material wise)?  One aspect of  what i would miss would be my makeup collection. I know it seems super superficial but I would miss it.  


Is there any way that Sephora could send items to the residents of Newcastle &  Moore, Oklahoma who were devastated by the tornado? Shampoo, conditioner, soap, body stuff, makeup?  I know it is the least of people's concerns right now and maybe it would be better to do at a later date?  


I just read a post about people who have a ton of extra Bath & Body Works items (and I know I have a ton of untouched items too)... I wonder if there is someway we could send items to these people?


I know that the BT community isnt a place to share super weighty topics but this has been on my heart today.

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I called my local red cross to see if I could drop off some beauty items & what they needed/don't need. They told me they won't take beauty items unless they are sealed on the outside or in a box wrapped in plastic. They don't have the time to go through it & make sure it wasn't used.

They said what they need the most is undergarments. No one ever donates underwear & bras. 

The other thing to remember about the red cross is that not all the items go to specific disasters. Some are still sending items & money to Sandy victims. Regardless, you're still donating to a wonderful cause, you just don't which disaster it's going to. 


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I see, that make sense. Hmmm, sounds like a great place for my hundred sample packets and deluxe sample/mini kit items....Thanks for clarifying that. ^.^

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not sure if they'd take the deluxe minis unless they are sealed in a bag/box though. 

I'm going to give them my sample packs, but most of my deluxe minis are not sealed on the outside Smiley Sad 

I do know that my local Women's Shelter takes items that are not sealed. 

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I hate to be a party pooper, but I know the Red Cross and other like organizations are inundated with donations that just go to waste, though they are sent with good intentions.  I would imagine these may be the types that are put aside because they aren't absolute necessities at the present moment.


I know I can't link to articles, but if you google "send cash, not clothes" there are some articles that explain it.

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True, but since the Red Cross is such a large organization, and are stationed everywhere, their items don't just go to large disasters. I know the Red Cross always shows up by me when there's a fire. Also during the winter when we had 2 teenage boys drown in the lake and rescuers were on the ice for 3 days before they found them. The Red Cross was there the whole time assisting the families & volunteers. 

My friend volunteers with them on the weekends and they are short on supplies for Sandy victims. They get stuff sent from other locations, but people around here think it's over, even though so many are still without a home because insurance & FEMA won't pay up. 

There's always a need for items, you just have to call your local branch & ask them what they need. Mine said underwear & bras. 

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I agree, you have to call and ask what they need.

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So if the red cross doesn't use all the items sent to one particular disaster could they use it some where else that might need it. I wouldn't care who gets it as long as it helps someone.

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Yes they do send items to other location. Most keep a list of items they are looking for. Easiest thing to do is just call them & ask what they want. Blankets are normally low on their priority list, children's clothes tend to be higher up & like I learned today, socks, underwear & bras are in high demand. But if the local office is full & they have no room for stuff, sadly it getts tossed. 

They will never say no to money Smiley Wink The beauty of donating to such a large organization is that it benefits everyone, not just those after a disaster. Some are picky and get mad that the baby formula they donated went to a house fire in Florida instead of the tornado victims because they donated ONLY for the tornado victims. 

I see it differently. There are constantly people in need of help. If they have enough supplies in Oklahoma or it won't get there fast enough because I'm on the East Coast, I don't care. At least I know I donated to someone who is less fortunate than me. 

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If the Red Cross is too busy to take those types of donations (and I completely don't blame them at a time like this), you could see if a local homeless shelter or battered women's shelter would take them. Those types of organizations are typically constantly in need, and I think a lot less picky when it comes to what is donated.

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YES! The women's shelter by me will take 1/2 used bottles of perfume. They are happy to get donations other than clothes. People don't think to donate cosmetics. 

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