Hope In A Box
Better than Christmas, that’s what it’s been. In 2013, volunteers at Free The Girls in Chesterton, Indiana, opened thousands of boxes of donated bras. Over 120,000 bras have passed through our inventory facility in Indiana on their way to helping sex trafficking survivors.
Volunteers opened the boxes you sent from bra drives held at your churches, your FAWCO clubs, your MOPS groups, your Soroptimist clubs, your lingerie stores, your school groups, and your sororities; containing bras from you, your mother, your sisters, your friends, your daughters, and your neighbors. We read your notes of encouragement, the sweet poems, and the kind words.
Volunteers unpacked and sorted your bras, repacking them in uniform size boxes suitable for overseas shipping. Free The Girls is especially grateful to have had shipping boxes donated by Huhtamaki and Tyson Foods in 2013.
We open your boxes with a sense of anticipation, ever mindful of the recipients of those bras. We remember watching the CNN documentary “Mozambique or Bust” and seeing the girls unloading the shipping container and opening the boxes–they literally rejoiced over the bras they found inside. For them, those bras are food on the table, a roof over their heads, and a chance at a new life. Those bras–each of those bras you donated–are hope. Hope, in a box.
Blog & Photos courtesy of Pam Gumns, Free The Girls Inventory Coordinator, Volunteer