New clothing will be distributed to tornado victims from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S Pennsylvania.
The two-day giveaway is a partnership between Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and Dignity U Wear, a nonprofit organization based in Jacksonville, Fla.
“Oklahoma City has received truck loads of donated, used clothing,” Sam Porter, disaster relief director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, said. “This event is supported by high-end, top-of-the-line, clothing manufacturers that are giving brand new clothing to show their love and compassion to people who have lost so much.”
Anyone who experienced loss during the storms, from the high winds, flooding or the tornadoes, is eligible to receive the clothing if they provide their proof of address. A semi-truck will be bringing enough to outfit 6,000 storm survivors with a set of clothing.
The giveaway and partnership came about because the founder of Dignity U Wear, Henri Landwirth, has experienced personal tragedy as a Holocaust survivor and wants to give back.
Dignity U Wear exists through the monetary and clothing donations of friends and partners who impact lives through Dignity's initiatives. By collaborating with other social service agencies, Dignity U Wear serves the agencies who serve the individual victims. Dignity U Wear focuses on four areas: Disaster relief, schoolchildren, veterans, and women and girls in crisis.
“I am thrilled to partner with Dignity U Wear in a compassionate outreach to those who have lost so much,” Porter said. “These clothes are for anyone from El Reno, past Shawnee and even in the Oklahoma City metro where the flooding occurred.”
For more information, call Southern Hills at 682-1636 or go to www.okdisasterhelp.com.