Nina Cooper, the owner of Girlie Things Boutique in Jasper, is currently collecting new or gently worn bras for the Soma Intimates “Giving is Beautiful” initiative. Launched in 2010, the initiative is conducted in partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
“Bras are the most needed, yet least donated, item of clothing for women, and all the bras we collect during this event will be donated to women who are in domestic violence shelters in our area,” Cooper said. “You just can't believe how thankful these women are to receive them. It might seem like a small thing to you and me, but it makes a big difference to women who have nothing, and have to choose between buying a bra or putting food on the table.”
Cooper said this is the second time her shop has participated in the event. The boutique collected a total of 180 bras for the last year’s event.
“I was simply amazed. It was just wonderful,” Cooper said. “All the bras we collect will be turned in to one of the Soma Intimates stores in Birmingham and then they will go to a refurbisher, who will mend any of the bras that need mending.”
Once the bras are refurbished they will be distributed to women’s shelters that are part of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
To date, Soma Intimates, in partnership with the NNEDV, has collected and distributed more than 368,000 bras. The NNEDV is the leading voice for survivors of domestic violence, representing more than 2,000 shelter programs in the United States. More than 4 million women stay in domestic violence shelters each year, many of whom arrive with only the clothes on their backs.
You may drop off new or gently used bras at Girlie Things Boutique located at 411 19th Street West in Jasper, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.