The holiday season is quickly coming upon us. For most of us, we begin planning for travel to see family, budgeting for gifts, decorating and baking and blaring Christmas music (some of us a little earlier than others!).
But for so many organizations, the holiday season means end-of-year-giving and ramping up for the most generous quarter of the year. Your inbox is about to be flooded with asks and requests, all worthy causes for incredible goals. We understand that, so we are going to try and make our goal and ask a little different this year, a bit more doable for those who want to give to multiple causes. What are we asking for?
Bras are the very foundation upon which Free The Girls was built.
We believe (and have seen with our very eyes) that something simple, a donated bra, can be the very thing that changes the life of a sex trafficking survivor in a developing country.
That donated bra will provide her with inventory, inventory that’s part of her own small business selling bras while she gets healthy, receives job skills training, and other support. It’s not just a job - it’s a different future altogether.
Some of our favorite quotes from the women are:
“When I started selling bras, I changed my life.”
“When you give bras, you give life.”
Our supporters have always given generously! Earlier this year we celebrated the milestone of one million bras collected! That’s over 80 women in 4 countries who have been able to take ownership of their finances and their choices because of those 1,000,000 bras.
Free The Girls has a vision for a hopeful future where trafficking is no longer a reality. But since that day isn’t here yet, so we are still (always!) in need of donated bras. We’ve been overwhelmed with the generosity of financial donations and fundraisers by our supporters this year. But with the increase of welcoming 10 new women into our program earlier this year, in order to meet our goals and provide each woman with the inventory she needs, we are in need of 30,000 bras before year’s end.
So that’s our holiday ask.
If 1,000 of you sent in 30 bras and $30, we would hit our goal for our next two shipments. Last year, through a combination of donations through our website, Facebook fundraisers, and old fashioned checks and cash, you exceeded our giving goal of $20,000. We are confident you all can roll in the bras just like you did the funds!
So set up a Bra Tree like Little Man Ice Cream did last year, throw a holiday party where everyone brings a bra along with their bottle of wine or dessert like Teresa Anderson did for a holiday party, have your church collect bras next to their canned food drive for Thanksgiving, or whatever else you can think of. You all continue to amaze and amuse us with all the ways you get bra drives done!
If you’d like to donate or collect bras here are some ways to get started:
*Go through your lingerie drawer and see what you aren’t wearing, what no longer fits, or what never fit right in the first place and send them to us or find a drop-off near you!
* Do a bra drive! We offer great resources here.
* Commit to having your place of business, store, school, club, or other public location become an official Free The Girls drop-off location. See how here!
*New inventory. We are always open to exploring new partnerships with those in the lingerie industry who might have new inventory to donate. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you get ready to mail those bras and bucks, let us know by completing our online donation form, found here: Bra Donation Form (It looks like a strange form, but we promise you, all your information is safe and secure!)
When Free The Girls first began our vision was small. Small as in, “Let’s bring a couple hundred bras in a suitcase to Mozambique to help trafficking survivors” small. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed since then to have our vision increased. We are currently supporting programs in Mozambique, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, and we ship inventory to each of them at least once a year.
Our women continue to amaze us with what they can do when we are able to equip them with what they need to be able to start their own micro enterprise.
We can’t wait to see how you show your support over the next two months! We thank you in advance for your generosity and all those unmentionables!