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BECKHAMS’ DONATIONS DRAW CROWD: A local British Red Cross store in London saw an unprecedented surge in shoppers on Friday after David and Victoria Beckham donated pieces from their wardrobe to the charity shop to help support victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The British Red Cross shop in Kensington and Chelsea, which specializes in second-hand designer clothing, had queues of customers outside its doors long before it opened. They were hoping to purchase one of 500 pieces of designer wear from the celebrity couple.
By 5 p.m., it had sold out of all the items donated by the Beckhams.
Organizers were hoping that the Beckham donations, which included 100 pairs of the designer’s shoes, would raise around 500,000 pounds, or $805,605, for the Disasters Emergency Committee — an alliance of 14 charities that are working to provide aid to the devastated region. The donation included dresses, tops, suits and shoes from labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Roberto Cavalli. A pair of boots by Gina fetched 200 pounds, or about $322, the most for a single item.