We all have them.
Some are big, some are small, some feeds babies, some are used to sell sexy lingerie, and some have been removed because of the presence of cancer.
Breasts. Boobs. Tits. Fun bags. Whatever you call them…they are one of the most defining parts of human womanhood. They are important in so many ways. We do self exams in the shower, have yearly mammograms, and worry about how they change over the years.
But, what if you had to worry about finding bras to support them?
What if you had to find alternatives to the comfort and hygiene a good bra can bring to your body?
Well, for thousands of homeless women across the US, and all around the world that is not just a thought but a real life reality.
No woman or girl should ever have to worry about having a clean bra to put on. They shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable in their own skin or lack the necessary support to walk with confidence.
That’s where organizations like I Support The Girls come in. Here is their mission, “I Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls nationally and internationally. Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity.” (Via ISTG website)
Founder Dana Marlowe recognized a need for homeless, displaced and low income women to have free access to feminine products, bras and underwear.
The organization has affiliates all over the world. Check out the site to see where the closest affiliate is to your location and ask them what you can do to help.
My closest chapter is in Syracuse, NY. When I asked them what they may need via their FB page they told me, “I would say at this time bras are always needed but product is most important. Pads, tampons and feminine cleansing cloths are crucial.”
Donations to the Syracuse Chapter can also be sent to:
I Support the Girls
5415 Amalfi Drive
Clay, NY 13041
You can also check out a feature that was done on the Syracuse affiliate by Syracuse Woman Magazine for more information.
Reach out. Donate. Host a drive. Do something for all of the women who deserve dignity just like the rest of us.