Give and Make up is an initiative, helping those women and children who have fled domestic violence. Their sole purpose is to get everyday essentials to the hands of those who need them most. Give and Makeup are non-profitable and do not ask for monetary donations. All they ask for are donations of those beauty products we use daily and take for granted, and they will get them to those women and children who need them; now being protected in Refuge and Women's Aid centres. These basic items will offer some comfort and familiarity. I feel it is a small gesture I can do to make their trauma a little calmer.
I am a proud supporter of this initiative, as many other bloggers and brands are. The reason for this is thus. Firstly, it is such a simple idea that all of us can get involved in. Secondly, I have had the pleasure of meeting the founder and (gold) heart of the project, Caroline Hirons, and having seen how passionate and driven she is about this, makes me want to do my bit. She is inspirational and such a wonderful person.
The list of items Give and Makeup will accept is limitless. Makeup, skincare and everyday essentials such as shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste will all be gratefully received. As will baby products. Such a paramount necessity for these mothers and their babies. Products with an applicator wands have to be new, but other items can be lightly used. If you would happily give it to a friend...they will accept it. The essentials I am donating range from products I have bought for myself and never used, products I have purchased solely to donate and items I have received from PRs that are duplicated or unpredicted and not required.
All details regarding dropping or sending off your donations are outlined here. There are drop off points in Manchester, London and East Sussex. Smaller parcels can be posted, and Caroline can be contacted if you wish to query any posting details. Her email is on the aforementioned page.
I was not asked by Caroline to post about this, nor pressured to make a donation, however I wanted to share this initiative with you. You may too find yourself in a position with surplus products and unsure what to do with them. This is a possibility.