Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Give and Makeup Christmas/Winter Appeal

Time goes so quickly - I can't believe it's nearly Christmas again and that Give and Makeup is 5 years old.

For newer readers, Give and Makeup is something I started to support women and children in Refuge and Women's Aid shelters across the UK.
Last year we also started supporting the CRI Outreach Project in North London. CRI helps people of all ages that are vulnerable in communities through homelessness, abuse or addiction. More info on CRI can be found here.

Every year we ask for extra donations for the families in the shelters, particularly the children, who have frequently had to leave their homes with absolutely none of the possessions.

Further info on sending parcels to Refuge/Women's Aid:
  • gifts need to be suitable for ages between newborn and 15
  • all clothing is welcome especially pyjamas and coats
  • baby vests/babygros/blankets
  • no toy weapons please
  • no borderline 'sexy' items of underwear (it has happened in the past)
  • no items of a religious nature
  • new or nearly new please 
  • boxes can be packed according to one child/gender or a mixture across all ages
  • please don't worry about wrapping anything as it will all have to be checked thoroughly before being given to the children 

For the ladies in shelters:
  • new or 'as good as new' underwear of all sizes - including bras. Please ensure it is washed and clean.
  • makeup - mascaras and lip glosses preferably new for hygiene reasons - everything else can be lightly used
  • skincare
  • bath and body

For the homeless ladies via CRI:
  • Underwear - bras and knickers. Washed and clean please. We all have underwear that no longer fits us in our drawers. And it's not heavy to post!
  • Feminine hygiene products. Sanitary towels, tampons, washes and wipes. Desperately. If you work in the industry and have access to these items please ask your CSR department to consider helping these women.
  • toothbrushes/toothpaste/deodorant
  • hairbrushes/shampoo/conditioner/dry shampoo
  • Coats
  • Boots
  • Scarves/gloves
  • General basics - jeans/leggings/t-shirts/jumpers

As a rule of thumb, we accept pretty much anything - these people have next to nothing or literally nothing.

Also: CRI accept monetary donations. You can email Nicola for further information. 

Give and Makeup does not accept donations of money and I have no contact with CRI donations. We're just the messenger/facilitator.

All addresses are on the separate Give and Makeup page on the tabs above. 

If you are a PR or brand that knows how to contact me privately and wants to help in any way please do give me a shout.

Give and Makeup only operates in the UK. If you live abroad and are interested in sending parcels - of course we happily accept them but I would urge you to start your own donation-led programme in your country. Homelessness and domestic violence is a worldwide problem.



  1. Hi Caroline - Could you write a post about how you started GAMU? Maybe some tips about trying to start something similar elsewhere?

    Thanks x

    1. Search the Guve and Makeup tag over there in the right hand column --->.
      As far as tips, I just called them up!

  2. Hi Caroline, I am sorry I have looked and looked but can't find the address to send stuff to, only the one from last year, it is probably in front of my face on my screen and I yet I still can't see it! Please can you point it out in kind, helpful manner.
    Cheers Lou

    1. Hi Lou. There's a Give and Makeup tab along the top below the banner picture. It has a detailed link of addresses depending on your location. I've copied the link to the details here for easier access: http://www.carolinehirons.com/p/give-and-makeup.html

    2. You can also look up a Homeless Centre in any town anywhere....I live in France but still send my "stuff" to UK regularly= My husband takes it back to where ever he happens to be working in UK...

    3. Hi Robbin, thank you - the link was perfect, really appreciate your help!
      Cheers Lou

  3. Thanks for this, I do shoe boxes every year but really wanted to do UK ones this year. Brilliant idea and will definitely be sending some goodies x

  4. Just wanted to say that I think it's great you are involved and raising awareness for the less fortunate.

  5. Hi Caroline, i was wondering if you could help me out, as I've tried multiple different skincare options and routines but nothing seems to eliminate my problem. That being, that I have these pimple-like sized under the surface of the skin spots ( I'm sorry I'm uncertain of their actual name ! ) they don't really hurt and are spread across the majority of my forehead, I really really would appreciate your help as to how to prevent these/ get rid of them ? By the way I am 14 years of age, and have quite 'normal' skin for the most part ( obviously with the occasional breakout ) but these really do get me down ! Thanks so so much xxx

  6. Caroline, I contacted my local Women's Aid office and have arranged to take a selection of things down to them. Just thought I would share with your readers that it's a great way of putting unused maternity clothes to good use and also outgrown baby clothes! I'll be taking my stuff down next week and I have asked them to give me a list of things they need to collect and I am going to ask my girls to donate too. Thank you so much for reminding me to sort my stuff out and share it with people who need it. xxx

  7. Can i just say, as a child i grew up in and out of womens aid it was hard and horrible at times but we got through the struggle, i think this is a bloody fantastic idea!!! I wish we had have had something like this being done for us and my poor mum she would have died if she had have been given anything,thank you for doing such a wonderful thing and supporting something that although it is well documentated and talked about alot of women and still hide in fear xx

  8. Hey Caroline, been watching you for ages with my baby girl who is 12 and I also share your dettol fetish! I too am a 46 year old mum and just love your sense of humour - I recently learned that you are originally from Liverpool just like me so it all makes sense now! Love your vlogs about the joys and frustrations of family life and when I'm feeling fed up I select an old vlog and buzz off you being so funny and warm. Your skincare advice is priceless and I'm pleased that I can refer to your expertise when my 12 year old refuses to cleanse her face properly and I say listen to aunty Caroline and weirdly she does!
    Thanks for being a great ambassador for Scousers - we love u! One day I will meet you and thank you in person! Keep up the great work xx

  9. Hello Caroline,

    I have quite a few items to send and wondered if it would be possible to have a contact to arrange a good time to deliver? Also, is it best for me to send it all by Special Delivery? I would really like to send everything out over the next couple of days so that it will arrive in time for Christmas.
    Many thanks