Donate a Bra, Change a Life

I donate a lot of garments to charitable foundations. Do you? I seldom donate bras and I don’t know why. It turns out that bras are the least donated clothing item for women, yet one of the most needed! It’s shocking to realize that one in four women will be the victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.

Survivors of domestic violence frequently arrive at shelters with only the clothes on their back. They rely on donated items to help them get back on their feet and this is where we come in.

In July 2010, Soma set out on a mission to make a difference by collecting new and gently worn bras to donate to victims of domestic violence. You can read more about this important program here.

In partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the leading voice for survivors of domestic violence, and their 2,000 shelter programs across the United States, the bras collected are distributed to women in need in local communities. This program runs from January 14-31.

Soma bra fitting at Soma Boutique

Soma invites us to clean out our top drawers and help. There are 3 ways we can help.

  1. Collect bras and take them to your local Soma. While there, receive a complimentary bra fitting. Click here to locate your closest boutique.
  2. Donate online to the National Network to End Domestic Violence by adding a donation to your Soma.com purchase here.
  3. Mail new or gently worn bras to Soma Bra Donation Bra Recyclers
    3317 S. Higley Rd., Suite 114-441  Gilbert, AZ 85297

Over the last five years, Soma has collected approximately #OneMillionBras to support women in need. Bras collected are distributed to local shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the leading voice for survivors of domestic violence, representing more than 2,000 shelter programs in the United States.

Soma Intimates Boutique

I am proud to partner with Soma to help spread the word about this important program. They offered to give me two bras, one to keep and one to donate if I would share this program with you. I am donating both bras because I’m blessed to be able to afford my own, many women can not.

Won’t you please consider making a bra donation today? Surely there a few in your top drawer that could help a woman in need.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

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23 Comments

  1. January 24, 2017 / 5:05 am

    What a great program. I love Soma anyway – and now even more. Thanks for sharing the word.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 6:15 am

      I love Soma too!

  2. January 24, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Wow, thanks for this information. I donated all my office clothes to a women’s shelter when I started working from home. But not bras. Eyes opened.
    I also donate eyeglasses (at opticians). My prescription is extremely strong, and it must be useful to get some like that in the mix.
    Another donation–hair. Must be at least 8 inches long and not colored. It goes to make free wigs for cancer patients. Pantene is one that does this.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 6:17 am

      Thanks for the info on the Pantene program! I know many women will donate when they understand what is needed.

  3. Carol Cartwright
    January 24, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Love your blog!!!! Im involved with a monthly clothing giveaway, in a small town in southern middle Tn. Yes, bras are one item that the ladies always take. Due to their economic situation they find themselves in, are not able to afford these items! Thanks for the info about the Soma program!!

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 6:19 am

      Thanks, Carol! I was excited to hear about the Soma program and knew women would want to know how they can help. Have a great day and thanks for reading.

  4. January 24, 2017 / 6:25 am

    Thank for this information. I had no idea there was this need.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 9:06 am

      I was happy to learn this too!

  5. January 24, 2017 / 6:33 am

    What a wonderful program. I know all too well how easy it is to get pulled into an abusive relationship (thank God we were not married and I still had my own money and could get away.) Thank you for sharing it. xo

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 9:05 am

      You had a very rough go of it Jen! Thank you for sharing your experience. I know it was awful. xo

  6. Terry
    January 24, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I recently did clean out my top drawer and donated two Soma bras to a local charity where I volunteer. Great cause. Thanks for spreading the word, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

      That’s wonderful, Terry! I will be donating my bras from now on.

  7. January 24, 2017 / 7:37 am

    Loved seeing this post today! Just this past Saturday, I took 3 bras to the Soma in Fayette Mall in Lexington, Kentucky and then saved $20.00 on two new bras as a thank-you. The ladies at Soma told me my donation would stay right there in Lexington, to be donated to the shelter for women who suffer domestic abuse. This is simply a BEAUTIFUL program, and an excellent example of women helping women. Girl Power!! It’s AWESOME!!

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Way to go, Cathy! You’re way ahead of me. Thanks for sharing more info. I love that the donation stays to help local women!

  8. Julie
    January 24, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this information. I didn’t realize they would be wanted. These will be included from now on.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thank you, Julie!

  9. Joyce
    January 24, 2017 / 8:31 am

    I love when women coordinate to do things that will actually help other women. We need to “do” rather than just complain. Close to my heart is the Rescue Mission and the Lighthouse program in Ventura County which helps women addicts get back on their feet. Thank you for posting this information, I will spread the word.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 8:51 am

      I do too, Joyce! Thanks for sharing about the Rescue Mission. Helping other women is good for the soul.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      I love it too!

  10. Susan
    January 24, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    This is a nice way to donate. Big thanks to Soma.

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 4:33 pm

      I agree, Susan!

    • Jennifer
      January 24, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      I agree! A company with a great mission.

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