The Undies Project “Mardi Bra” drive is held each year to coincide with Mardi Gras. “We decided to go ahead with our “Mardi Bra” drive despite the still uncertain and challenging times,” said Lucy Langley, Co-President of The Undies Project, “We believe people are eager to continue to help, and the need is now greater than ever.”
For those who are homeless, living in shelters or who are on a low income, a bra is unattainable, or a big expense. For many, underwear is a necessity, not a luxury.
Co-President Laura Delaflor said, “Imagine having to make the choice between putting food on the table or purchasing new underwear. Many of us just take it for granted, but for those less fortunate it is a real hardship”.
Started in 2015 by Langley & Delaflor the mission of The Undies Project is to provide new underwear to men, women and children in need to improve their lives.
They identified that underwear is the most under-donated, and most needed, item of clothing for those who are struggling.
“No one should be deprived of the simple, basic necessity of new, clean underwear,” said Delaflor, adding, “Hygiene and physical comfort are only a part of this basic human need. New, clean underwear also provides dignity and self-esteem.”
The Undies Project is accepting donations of new, and gently used, clean, laundered bras. All sizes are needed, but in particular sizes 34-38. All donations received will be distributed through The Undies Project’s 27 partner agencies that help those in need.
Donations can be made through to Monday, February 22 at the following locations in Greenwich:
Angela Cosmai Salon, 289 Greenwich Ave
Aux Délices, 3 West Elm St, Greenwich and 1075 E. Putnam Ave, Riverside
First Bank of Greenwich, 444 E. Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
First United Methodist Church, 59 E. Putnam Ave, Greenwich
Greenwich Bank & Trust, 1103 E. Putnam Ave
Inside the Armoire, 45 E. Putnam Ave, Greenwich
Sophia’s, 1 Liberty Way, Greenwich
Habitatgreenwich, 234 E. Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
Minute Men Cleaners, 223 E. Putnam Ave, Cos Cob
Something Special, 212 Sound Beach Ave, Old Greenwich
In addition, Inside the Armoire is offering a 15% discount on purchases when a bra is donated at their store.
The drive is also taking place in Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Westport and Wilton.
The Undies Project is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.