I am chairing a special drive. I am the Administrator for a porgram called the Swan Project (www.sizewise.com) then look for the link for the Swan Project to learn more.
I am doing a PLUS SIZED clothing drive for both men and womens clothes. If you can help, we are looking especially for sizes 3xl and up. The reason is because it is fairly easy to find up to a 3x in resales, thrift stores, yard sales etc.. There are even plenty of stores you can find this size.
But for the larger women an men it is not that easy and these people have lost money, home, job and stores! So, if you are not bigger than a 3x there is still a way to help.
Underwear and socks are desperatley needed. We are needing panties in a size 12,13,14,15 and Just My Size has just redone it's sizeing, so they would read like clothing sizes. We need sizes 24/26, 26/28,30/32, and 32/34 in JMS. For men, it would be underwear above a size XL that is needed.
You may wonder why underwear? Well, that is simple. We are women and we know how it feels to put on a pair of pretty panties. These people have lost EVERYTHING. Perhaps a pair of panites may not be much, but it helps.
If you can help me in my drive send packages to:
Friendships- Port Mercy
1019 N 1st Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70601
PLEASE! CLEARLY MARK THE OUTSIDE OF PACKAGE WITH THE WORDS PLUS SIZES
They will make sure that the packages go to where they are needed most.
No Clothes To Send, but... November 27, 2005 6:38 PM
...I'd love to be a part of a benefit concert at some point, next year (2006) for those folks in your area. I'm working on getting my music (currently only available on cassette) onto CD, as well. Keep in touch.
I will see what I have but it will take me a while I was attack and burned by some kids who kept saying no one would miss the fat old bitch, hate at it's finest, so my arm i s amess infected and needs draiing next friday to clean it out. So it may take me a litle tiem to ocme upw it some thing sto share.
Even having trouble reading this right now and pardonhte spelling I am not holding to well, and had ot come to work and give it a shot, they are being very kind ot me here, better then staying home as I am a bit scared to stay alone for now. BUt will participate if I can find anything suitable,
OMG! I am so sorry that you are going through this! To be burned! How cruel! I hope that you are pressing charges, suing families doing whatever it takes to make sure that those idiots do not due this again!
Tina, I'll see if I can round up some clothes to send.
Kim, we are here for you. If you need anything, let us know. Please press charges! Next time, they could kill someone! (Faraday - your icon - would be able to heal you. I have only my best wishes to give you.)
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Kim, I hope you heal quickly, though with burns...I'm sorry that there are people out there who feel it's alright to subject someone else to such pain and indignity.
In my heart, I hope you know who they were and reported them to the police and as was stated by others, sue them. If they're minors, sue their parents. Someone needs to show these kids that's it's not okay to do such atrocious acts.
Make sure the cops charge them with a hate crime too. Size discrimination is also a problem in our society.
And Kim...you are not someone who will not be missed. Remember that. We support you in everyway and pray for your swift recovery.
I do not know you as yet, but i surely read what you wrote about being burnt , i too use to suffer that and not just a little but atleast i never was put in to that far, sometimes I still get intimidated by man who would just think it is okay to make fun of a fully figured woman. well it is not okay.....most of us have brains you know and just because we are overweight, it does not mean that our mind is covered by fat.
I hate wot they did to you kim,having to prove to someone that you are worthit, no time to live for urself but for others, it is time that everyone accepted us for who we are. You will hear of these nasty names they col us and even elders would lough because they think it is ok, Ofcourse my culture has nothing against overwieght people but because we go around adopting this cultures, we end up overdoing things of which the cultures we copied these from don't even do these thing...
I am very very sory to hear of your sad story kim, hope you get better soon..
i've been guilty of making fun of skinny women, at times. But, realize that, to be fair, i have to see these women as persons who need acceptance, too. So, i appologize for any former remarks i may have made about those women who aren't fortunate enough to have really BIG curves.
I have just created a new group: A million dollar question!! that's the name, i hope that i will get all the support from you guys to make what i have started live. the group will be looking at sharing you values, your beliefs, ask questions, share your hurts, your joy and even motivate some1. Wot i live for is to make sure that i make a difference in everyone's life, i hope you do the same aswell.
A Newby Says Hi and Introduces Herself, March 22, 2009 4:15 AM
Hi, I am Sr.Clare-Francis, and I would like to get to know others in this Group as I am new to this Group. I am a third order married Franciscan Sister who lives in the Community,(not in the convent)with my husband who is a third order Franciscan Brother.
As I am a very large person, who has experienced unacceptance by most people based on my size. My size is partially due to chronic illness which necessitates my taking large doses of Cortisne tablets or injection periodically.
If people speak with me via the computer,or in the past via the telephone and had no idea how I looked,then there appeared no difficulties in connecting with them. However, once they met me, you could see the look of disgust on their face, and they would suddenly find some excuse to distance themselves from me.
I do indeed have a really inadequate opinion of my own body image,refusing to look into mirrors ,dislike having photos taken.Like those who have treated me in ways that have contributed to my lack of acceptance, I too have judged myself in the most harshest of terms due to the image formed of myself based upon a lifetime of negative assessment.
This Group, is, I understand formed to enable its members to learn to accept all types of body image including their own.
I would be interested in meeting people with similar body issues,and maybe together we can assist each other to learn to at least like ourselves.
I think Ive introduced myself a little to the Group.
I am so glad that you are here! I have been running this group for Lora for years now...she is our founder and very sick. For over a year no one has posted and I was begining to wonder where everyone is at!
Please, feel free to post as often or as much as you would like! I look forward to getting to know you better. By the way...I never knew that Nuns could be married! How fascinating!
Just answering Tina's Question....Can Nuns be married. April 18, 2009 6:22 PM
Hi there Tina,
Thank you for your warm welcome. I have been engaged in Easter Preparations which go from the begininng of Lent which is Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. I have spent most of this last week just gathering some energy for the approaching work load.
You were facinated to think that Nuns could be married.
Please allow me to clear up some points of confusion that you may have. You may recall, that I said I am a Third Order Franciscan Sister, married to a Third Order Franciscan Brother.
Never did I claim to be a Nun. You see a Nun is mostly confined to life in the Convent. In order to be a Nun,a woman entering the Order must be single, she may have been married and widowed before entering the Convent. However, at no time is she ever permitted to have been divorced. She may however, have children to her earthly spouse. When her earthly Spouse has become deceased, she may, unpon fulfilling the Criteria devote her life to the Service of God, and she then takes the Lord Jesus as her Spouse and will never again marry a human husband, unless she relinquishes her life in the Convent.
I am a Third Order Anglo-Catholic (not Roman Catholic) Franciscan Sister. St. Francis of Assisi created the Third Order for those who felt called by God to enter into the Religious life and be of Service to God, but because of circumstances, perhaps they were already married, or some other circumstance prevented them from living an enclosed convent life. They may have young children, be ill or have some other reason why to give up their current life is deemed impossible, by both the Church or the person themselves. To enable them to be of Service to God, they continue to live in the community, whilst studying the same hours etc as a Nun, and they follow the same life as a Postulant, a Novice and then are professed the same as a Nun, but as a Sister . The vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience whilst similar to the Nun, has been modified to be :Simplicity = poverty= living a simple lifestyle, having nothing luxurious, and what you do have is used for the service of God. For example: my computer is used to maintain my Church Ministries. Chastity= being true unto your human spouse within the confines of marriage, as well as being true to the Church; Obedience=
fidelity= being obedient to your vocation, following the rules of life as laid down by your Order, following the advice given by those in charge of your Religious Life; for example the Guardian of the Order, and the Bishop Protector of the Order. As I am a Franciscan Sister, I undertake to follow the example set by Saint Francis and Saint Clare both of Assisi and who were primarily responsible for the introduction of the First Order= Friars Minor which St. Francis established for single males only. St. Clare established the Second Order of Franciscans for single females only, which became known in later years as the Poor Clares.
St. Francis established the third order Franciscans for those wishing to dedicate their lives to Christ, but as I previously explained was unable to leave behind their earthly responsibilities.(They could be male or female, single or married, childless or with children, but they could not and still cannot be divorced)
Tina, I hope this brief, incomplete explanation sheds some light on your question. Should you have further questions, please always feel free to ask. Alternatively, you may like to check out Our New Group called Franciscan Focus on the Care2 network.
Until the next time we catch up, please take care of yourself, and may your work on this Group and others that you support be blessed.