The nonprofit organization that provides new clothing to those devastated by natural disasters or harmed by poverty has issued an all-points bulletin to its industry donors: They should be prepared to allocate an even larger amount of goods in the months to come after being advised that the upcoming weather season has the potential to be particularly severe.
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. Co-Chairman Allan Ellinger stated, “ABC 7 meteorologist Bill Evans has just concluded a briefing to our group regarding long range projections that suggest the potential for unusually severe and dangerous weather patterns across the country. This would require us to significantly increase the amount of product we allocate to emergency relief organizations. Given our mission of assisting those who have lost everything, we need to hear and heed these warnings so that we are prepared to efficiently respond, regardless of the scope of the next disaster.”
Evans explained, “Long range forecasts have a number of variables but we are already seeing trends that are confirming computer models of not just larger storms but more frequent severe weather. Given that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers sits at the center of storm recovery efforts here and across the country, they need to be aware of the potential for what Mother Nature has in store.”
Evans says the noticeable increase in tornadoes in the nation’s Midwest is ample evidence of strengthening weather patterns that have already expanded the footprints of twisters and their frequency. “It is unlikely we will see another Superstorm Sandy anytime soon but computer models suggest that `smaller’ storms and hurricanes are going to come faster,” offered Evans. “A geographic area of particular concern is the nation’s heartland where very hot temperatures have not only created drought conditions but can easily trigger devastating thunderstorms and tornadoes.”
To be prepared for potential natural disaster relief, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is calling on manufacturers and retailers to provide available product for donation now. The basic items often needed for disaster relief include jeans, socks, sweatshirts, underwear and other basic apparel, toys, books and home items like sheets, blankets and towels. Two donors that have met this challenge so far include the children’s apparel company Carter’s Inc. and the toy manufacturer Hasbro, Inc.
After Superstorm Sandy, Carter’s worked with first responders to develop their Kid’s Comfort Kits, backpacks containing 3 days-worth of clothing supplies for children. Carter’s has pre-positioned nearly a hundred thousand new garments at the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers warehouse in Atlanta, where Carter’s employees will be helping create these pre-packaged kits of clothing for the smallest victims of disasters. Hasbro is donating assorted toys and games which will bring comfort to the children and families following a natural disaster. In 2013 Hasbro donated approximately 24,000 puzzles to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers which were used in various programs and areas.
Fellow Co-Chairman of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Gary Simmons said, “At a time when charitable organizations are being asked to do much more, the industry members of our organization are prepared to respond with the goods and products that can allow people to rebuild their lives. Understanding the potential threat to lives and property is a critical component to our group being prepared to offer assistance.”
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to families and people impacted by poverty and tragedy. Apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items deliver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners across the United States and around the globe. Over $1 billion of donated products has been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. Learn more about K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers at www.DonateProduct.com.