Girls Are Not for Sale In-Kind

The holiday season is upon us and there are so many without. Please help as we launch a drive to collect items for the girls and women GEMS serve.  If you are able to help please have your donations to me by December 15, 2011.  Below are the items listed on the GEMS site needed.  Every little bit helps. Contact me at krishnadav@randomnycsarcasm.com for more information and donation drop-off locations.

Housewarming Care Packages*

Bedroom
Full-sized Sheets
Pillows
Blankets

Bathroom
Towels
Wash Clothes
Bath Mats
Shower Curtains
Shower Curtain Rings
Mirrors

Kitchen
Spoons, Forks, Knives
Plates
Cups
Ice Trays
Pots
Pans
Kitchen Utensils (i.e. Spatulas, Can Openers)
Tupperware
Baking Sheets

Basic Care Packages*
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Mouthwash
Floss
Soap
Shampoo
Conditioner
Tampons/Pads
Body Lotion
Hairbrush
Elastics
Deodorant
Razor
Non-perishable Food
Ramen Noodles
Individual cereal boxes
Microwavable dinners
Juice Boxes
Microwavable popcorn
Microwavable soups
Sodas
Powdered Drink Mixes
Potato Chips
Corn Chips
Fruit Cups

Clothing (Please note: We are in need of women’s sizes ranging from XS – XXL and 0 – 16 for teens and young adults)

Undergarments*
Underwear (various sizes)
Cotton Tank Tops (various sizes)
Pajamas
Bras (various sizes)
Light-weight and heavy socks

Casual
Jeans
Shirts
T-Shirts
Skirts
Dresses
Sweaters
Winter Coats
Winter Gloves
Winter Scarves
Winter Hats

Professional Attire
Blazers
Dress Pants
Skirts
Shirts
Dresses
Blouses
Suits
Handbags
Belts
Scarves
Shoes
Sandals
Sneakers
Ballet Slippers
Office- appropriate pumps
Office-appropriate loafers
Office-appropriate boots
Winter Boots

* These items must be new and unopened.

About GEMS
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.