She asked why I had so many bras, then went on to propose that if I ever wanted to part with the bras, she knew of a lot of girls who would be glad to have them. Her insight comes from what she sees in her role as a school teacher and her explanation is the foundation of Support1000:
Bras aren’t cheap, and if you’re a low-income family, more than one bra is a luxury. A girl might come to school in a new bra in September, and by December there are safety pins holding the bra together because the new bra also happens to be their only bra.
Once my eyes were opened to this I did notice 2 things:
1. New bras at a bargain store start around $7, and quickly increase beyond $30.
2. Larger bras are hard to find.
It was clear to see that a low-income family—especially a family containing 3 or more women—would deem it a luxury to have more than one bra for each woman.
It was an easy decision to turn the bras over to my friend. She took them home, washed them, and took action to appropriately distribute the 50 bras to girls who needed them. Her description of the response moved me. The girls were elated, and some of their parents saw this as a blessing because they are aware of the importance of a well-fitting bra, and understand that it would be great to have more than one given the function, necessity and the self-esteem inspired by having several nice bras. But the reality is that there is often a greater urgency for gasoline, groceries, babysitters, etc.
So, if you have any bras that are new or barely worn, please forward them to Support1000 and we will be sure to get the items to people who would appreciate having them.