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VISTA Gives Ladies in Poverty a Lift

30 Nov

You may try to convince yourself that secretly telling people the color of your bra on Facebook is helping the world but this is a way better way to get the women in your life involved in making a difference. Sara Stout saw a problem and she thought of an innovative way to engage people to fix it.

From the Billings Gazette:

Certainly one of the most uplifting stories of generosity is the bra drive organized by Sara Stout, a Vista-AmeriCorps volunteer at The Hub, 515 N. 27th St. Recognizing that homeless women usually can’t afford proper lingerie, Stout started a campaign last month to collect bras for “ladies in poverty.”

As of this week, 1,300 bras had been donated, mostly brand-new apparel. Additionally, two national businesses have pledged to donate a large number of new bras to The Hub, according to manager Joe Chalupa.

The bra project drew great support from Montana State University College of Nursing students who helped publicize the effort and held health classes for homeless and seriously mentally ill women at The Hub. Some of the donated lingerie has already been distributed to women who use The Hub, more is in the Hub clothing closet and hundreds of bras will be donated to Project Homeless Connect, the annual Billings effort to reach homeless individuals throughout the community. Project Homeless Connect is set for Jan. 26 at the Shrine Auditorium.

Let’s give thanks for all those who give selflessly and generously in our community in so many ways.

Could ladies in poverty in your community use a lift? I don’t think the women in Billing, MT are the only ones who could use some VISTA power.
Thanks for the article @Illumin8Poverty!