Declutter and donate your bras


Today is the day to organise your underwear drawer!  All those ill-fitting, unused and unwanted bras can go to a good home.

Spend the next half hour (it probably won’t even take that long) separating out anything that doesn’t fit or you haven’t had regular use of for the past 6 months.  Let’s get real about what you’re really wearing. If the kids are now in school and you still have maternity bras, time to let them go (the bras, not the kids). Lost or gained weight? Let’s move on the ones that don’t fit.

Brassiere

Brassiere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uplift Project collects and distributes:

Second hand:

  • 8-16 A-D cup, undamaged bras in good condition (eg elastic that has some bounce left)
  • 18+ any conditions
  • E cup plus, any size, any condition.
  • Nursing bras/crop tops, ALL
  • Mastectomy bras and prostheses
  • Swimwear.

New:

  • Underpants
  • Any of the above

The Uplift website says:

Bras with minor damage are acceptable in the rare categories, 18+ mastectomy & maternity. Even if the elastic is stretched out, and it is a little stained, a maternity bra that will hold a pad will catch leaks, and that provides dignity. In all categories, the quality of first world bras far exceeds anything these women can hope to access in their lives. When sorting bras with a Fijian woman, I was about to throw one away for minor damage to elastic when she said, “But the quality, they can’t get his quality!” and she made me send it. Every single bra that goes in is significant, so never waste a functional bra.

You are welcome to drop off or post small, personal donations to any of the locations listed here. You will find contact details to donate Australia wide, New Zealand, pac-rim countries and the UK and USA.

If you’d like to really help out, please consider posting direct to Pakistan or Tennant Creek.

Piliyintinji-Ki (Stronger Families)
69 Schmidt Street
Tennant Creek NT 0860

Tennant Creek joined the Uplift Project in Oct 2012 and they are in urgent need of bras. Non-underwired bras preferred. Please no padded bras, it’s too hot up there.

Global Friends
House # 115, Street 16
Upper Chattar Housing Scheme
Muzaffarabad AJK Pakistan

Global Friends supplies girls and women in Kashmir (small to medium sizes only).

If you want to run a collection, see here for details.

MELBOURNE ONLY:

While you’re at it, Uplift Project in Sth Morang address is always collecting second hand cloth nappies, baby wraps,  portacots, towels, bed linen and blankets. At present these will go to the Solomons Tsunami relief.

If you’re a SORTED! client, hang onto them for next time we see you as we can donate them for you. 🙂

12 responses to “Declutter and donate your bras

  1. Thanks Lissane! I have a bag of lovely bras that my daughter discarded more than 3 years ago… I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. And one of the drop-off locations is just a few streets away! It’s great to know they will be so useful to other women.

  2. Really happy you let us know about this opportunity. I have been wondering what to do with my maternity bras, and now I know that they can be used by someone who really needs them!

    • Indeed! I’m tempted to splash some cash at my local op shop and bag some [maternity etc) bras to send on! Better than them languishing there and going to waste.

  3. Thank you! I always wanted to be able to help other women, The fact of being ample bosom-ed is that bras are expensive if they are to give you good support. Because of weight fluctuation I have a draw full of beautiful, wonderfully supportive and some near new bras to donate. I feel happy to see them go to such a wonderful and worthy cause. I will spread the word. I am certain there is at least 1 bra in every woman’s draw that no longer or does not get maximum use that could afford to be re homed. We are such a lucky country!

  4. Fantastic! I have just had a double mastectomy and had been putting off the emotionally distressing job of going through my bra draw – even harder because I had no idea what I was going to do with all the nice new bras I had just purchased after getting out of maternity bras. Now I’m looking forward to doing it knowing that the bras can go to a good home. I think I will even try and raise a collection as well. THANK YOU!

  5. This is fantastic. I have quite a number of bras that are too small for me & I’ve held onto them thinking that they are too good to throw out or I’ve thought “one day”. Tonight’s project will be to sort through all of them & donate them. Thank you for sharing this project! I don’t feel so bad now about getting rid of them!!

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