NEW YORK - In an effort to help children and families affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma, Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation and Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Inc., are calling on manufacturers and retailers to donate some essential products.
On May 16, the tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 24 people, injuring hundreds and leaving many more homeless. Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. are currently assessing the needs on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma, and reaching out to corporate partners for the greatest needs: new clothing including t-shirts, jeans, underwear, socks and rubber-soled shoes, blankets, sheets, towels, diapers, hygiene products and furnishings for families.
Companies that have already made their initial product donations include: Aéropostale, apparel; Angelwish, personal hygiene products; BOBS from Skechers, children's shoes; Delta Childrens, cribs; Doneger Group, apparel; Exxel, sleeping bags; For Bare Feet, socks; Free People, apparel; Fruit of the Loom, underwear; Gerber Childrenswear, apparel; JC'S Closet, apparel; Jones Group, shoes; KidCuteTure, apparel; Lacoste, footwear; Newell Rubbermaid, cribs; One Stop Kid Shop, apparel; Parigi Group, apparel; Perry Ellis, apparel; Rachel Roy, apparel; ROAM, apparel; Submarine Swimsuits, apparel; and Vitamin Shoppe, nutrition bars and water. Non-profit partner, Caring For Others, has also donated men's shirts and dinnerware, and Variety, The Children's Charity has donated apparel.
"Fashion Delivers and Kids in Distressed Situations are doing what we do best, mobilizing the manufacturing and retail communities to reach out and help those in need through the donation of new products," said Allan Ellinger, chairman, Fashion Delivers, in a statement. "As we receive donations, we are preparing to immediately ship them to our community partners in the hardest hit areas."
Kevin Burke, chairman, K.I.D.S, added, "We have reached out to our regular donors as well as other companies, and we are ready to receive and stage product donations. We invite our corporate merchandise partners to help us bring hope to families in Oklahoma with donations of new product."
Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. are also supporting the following community partners that are providing tornado relief efforts on the ground, including: Operation Compassion, Operation Homefront Oklahoma, Infant Parent Intervention Center, Comanche Nation Higher Education Programs, Food and Shelter For Friends, Midwest Military Outreach and Operation Homefront Missouri and HEROES Care.