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Support for local Jillian’s Secret project overwhelming

By Staff | May 19, 2011

The support Bridgit Stone-Budd has received for her Jillian’s Secret project has been overwhelming. So much so, she has turned her laundry room into a donation warehouse.

“The support I am receiving isn’t just from locals,” said Bridgit. “I’m getting donations from island guests, who have read the original article and mailed me items after they return home.”

Jillian’s Secret was started following one of Bridgit’s mission trips to Haiti a few years ago and named in honor of a little Haitian girl the Stone-Budd family is in the process of adopting. It during that trip she found young women and ladies were wearing only T-shirts without any undergarments. Instead of being inundated by all the needs in the impoverished nation, she chose to focus on this particular necessity.

“It’s amazing,” she said of the generosity that has been shown to her project.

Since many of the donations have been dropped off anonymously, Bridgit wants everyone to know she is grateful for the contributions. The Budd family will be taking all items personally to Haiti, where they will be distributed.

“We will continue taking trips to Haiti and taking items personally to the orphanage and school,” said Bridgit. “Everything will be hand delivered.”

Jillian’s Secret is an ongoing charity with no deadline to make a donation. If you would like to make a contribution of any “womanly” item, they will be accepted at The Islands of Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce, where Bridgit works, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The chamber is located at 1159 Causeway Blvd.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my island friends – you know who you are,” said Bridgit. “Keep ’em coming!”