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Photo by Yupin Lee

On Saturday, September 14th, CAbi (Carol Anderson by invitation), presented a FREE clothes event at Black Forest Baptist Church for the 488 families in Black Forest who lost their homes in the fire which started on June 11th this past summer.

From 10am-1pm women sizes 0-16 were invited to come and select 5 pieces of designer clothing absolutely free. Attendees were encouraged to return shortly before 1pm if they wanted more items as the initial number was set to ensure that everyone could get something as the event planners had no way of knowing ahead of time how many would show up to take advantage of the offer.

Independent CAbi Consultant, Ginger Angone, (who has been affiliated with CAbi for the past three years) was part of a similar event last year for the Waldo Canyon fire victims. “I knew after the Waldo Canyon giveaway that I wanted to do whatever I could to be part of The Heart of CAbi experience,” said Angone. “When we heard about the Black Forest fire, several CAbi consultants across the Front Range applied right away to the foundation and were thrilled to hear that CAbi wanted to assist this year’s fire victims, too.”

Over fifty women arrived at Black Forest Baptist Church and selected over 800 pieces of brand new designer clothing items including t-shirts, jeans, dress pants, skirts, blouses, blazers, jackets, and winter coats.

When asked to share a special memory from the day, Angone replied, “One lady came up to the table in tears saying, ‘You have no idea how difficult this is…’. I took her by the hand and selected several very flattering items for her and she left wearing one of her new outfits and a brand new smile on her face.”

Designs by Carol Anderson debuted in Nordstrom’s department stores before the home party sales concept evolved. Anderson appreciates the creative freedom the new sale model provides for her line. Although there is a CAbi brick and mortar store at the Castle Rock Outlet Shops, most CAbi clothes are sold via in-home personal shopping events presented by consultants. Hostesses invite their friends to an intimate trunk show where women can try on items, get their friends’ feedback, and have fun together. “Really our society today is missing the joy of shopping with our friends,” says Angone. “CAbi helps provide that experience.”

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Black Forest resident with CAbi Consultant, Yupin Lee

Jennifer Wyatt, 41, who lost her home on Trappers Pass Trail, had never heard of CAbi before. “I really liked the quality of the clothes,” she said. “The styles were very nice, very classic, but more than that, I really appreciated how kind and helpful all the women at CAbi were. I felt genuinely cared for and am very thankful for their generosity.”

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Lisa Forbus in new CAbi Clothes Photo by EmmaRose Forbus

 

“My mom was crying in the car on the way,” said 9 year old, Lillian Forbus, who attended the event with her mother. “We met a lady there and she told us she was crying on the way too. I thought it was great seeing everybody getting new clothes and helping each other.”

Her mother, Lisa Forbus, whose home on Holmes Road is considered a total loss said, “This event was a very special part of our healing. I was able to see people in various stages of their grieving receive from other caring women. Some of our friends are just now able to accept new things and are facing the fact that we really have lost everything. It is such a huge course of action to replace needed items, but this event was not just about replenishing practical needs, but also about allowing us and our neighbors to receive a beautiful wardrobe. I felt incredibly valued and loved! I saw friends from size two to fourteen trying on items and they all looked great.”

“CAbi volunteers exuded care and concern and even love for each one of us,” said Susan Carlton whose home of nineteen years perished in the fire. “I was so very blessed and humbled. Never will I forget the practical needs that were met that day. I believe everyone who came left feeling like a new woman!”

If you are interested in donating to The Heart of Cabi Foundation or hosting a CAbi Fun, Friends, Fashion Trunk Show in-home trunk show in the Front Range area, call any independent consultant or contact CAbi at: www.cabionline.com

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Photo by: Yupin Lee

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Photo by: Yupin Lee

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Photo by: Yupin Lee

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