Oklahoma tornadoes: Women's groups to offer an event of pampering and free shopping for teachers affected by tornadoes.

The Kerr Foundation is partnering with Infant Crisis Center, Suited for Success and Women of the South to collect donations of new or like-new clothing to be given to teachers who survived last week's tornadoes in Oklahoma.
BY HEATHER WARLICK hwarlick@opubco.com Modified: May 29, 2013 at 12:32 am •  Published: May 30, 2013

Hugs and Kisses, or XO, is a new project of the Kerr Foundation that has formed to gather and distribute new and gently used clothing and accessory items for women and men.

Coordinating the project are Lou Kerr of the foundation and volunteers Laura Ogle and Christi Coyle. Infant Crisis Center, Suited for Success and Women of the South are partners with the foundation in the effort.

Through the project, the groups hope to provide women affected by last week's deadly tornadoes, especially the teachers at the two schools so hard hit, with an opportunity to experience a “girls day out” full of pampering.

“Our top priority is to help the teachers and women who need to get back to work,” said Laura Ogle, vice president of the Kerr Foundation. “We just want to give them an evening that's special and they can come out with a few nice things and a sense of confidence that there are so many of us rallying round them.”

The group will open a pop-up boutique in or near Moore at the end of June or shortly after July 4 to provide a shopping experience, free for the women most affected by the tornadoes.

The women are asking that you raid your closet and ask retailers you may know to chip in. Please only donate new or like-new items. The contributions can be dropped off at the Kerr Foundation, 12501 N May, or at On a Whim in Classen Curve, attention to Christi Coyle. Include all your contact information with your donation — email, name, address and phone number.

The group also seeks volunteers to help with the project.

For information, call the Kerr Foundation at 749-7991 or Coyle at 209-4777.