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Free clothes brings smiles to tornado and flood survivors' faces

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) Lots of shopping and smiling was happening at the Parkersburg Veterans Building Saturday.

Women touched by the tornado and flood got free clothing thanks to the "Heart of Cabi Foundation." Cabi donated 2500 articles of clothing.

Julie Petersen's is one volunteer helping women shop for clothes.

"I think it's wonderful. Many times as mothers and wives we buy clothes for our children and husbands and we forget about ourselves," Julie Petersen.

Like many of the women shopping, Petersen lost her home in the tornado. Since then, her family has relocated to Waterloo to be closer to relatives.

Petersen picked out some free clothes for herself and stayed to help others find the items they need.

"It's overwhelming the generosity of this Cabi company that would come in and do this for us. Beautiful things at no cost," said Petersen.

The women got to pick five items. Anything from casual clothes like jeans to professional clothes for work. One of the women behind the shopping extravaganza was Cheryl Laird-Humphrey. Her husband is originally from Parkersburg.

"I thought I can't lift a hammer, I can't drive a nail, but this is something I can do for the community. Especially the women," said Cheryl Laird-Humphrey.

"I know sometimes it's hard to accept the gifts people want to give you, but I think it's really important to accept their generosity. People just want to help," said Petersen.

Cabi consultants from across Iowa helped women find just the right style and fit. Men couldn't shop, but many came to support the women in their lives who've been through so much.

"This one gentleman, I told him to go get something to eat and he said I'm just watching the smiles on all the faces. So it's great," said Parkersburg resident Norma Junker.

Lots of smiles and lots of new clothes for people who are very grateful and very deserving.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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