Soroptimist International of Bend – “Bras for a Cause”

04/01/2013 - 04/30/2013

Soroptimist International of Bend is sponsoring its annual April
collection of gently used (or new) bras.  Bras are an ordinary item to
women in the Western world; however to many women, especially in
sub-Sahara Africa, they are a luxury item. Donating a bra that you no
longer needed is a simple, effective way to help another woman.

All bras are sent to “Free the Girls” (freethegirls.org), a
non-profit organization in Colorado.  Free the Girls assists shelters
that provide opportunies for women who have been rescued be Sex
Trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while they
go back to school.  Many of these women were sold into prostitution as
children, some only 8-10 years of age.  Selling bras allows them to
work as much or as little as their school schedule permits.

Many supporter have asked that donations of bras and/or cash be made
in lieu of gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and other special
occasions.

Women may include notes to the survivors with their donations.  Bras
of all shapes, sizes, and color, including athletic bras, camisoles
and nursing bras are accepted.

Drop-off Boxes in Bend:  Deschutes Public Library – EASTSIDE BRANCH;
Indulgence Hair Salon & Spa – 618 NW Hill St.;  New Day Realty – 1386
NW Galveston; QuiltWorks – 926 NE Greenwood; and WillowBerry Boutique
– 1036 NE 3rd St.

Donations for shipping the bras also may be made to SI Bend, PO Box
1843, Bend, OR  97709.  Questions?  Contact us at www.sibend.org or
president@sibend.org.  Soroptimist International of Bend is a 501
(c)(3) charitable organization

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