Bra Recycling Month

Since October is already dedicated to the breast, why not offer support in a new way? Donate new and used bras to women who need them. The Bra Recyclers is a textile recycling company based in Arizona that specializes in recycling bras and providing them to communities of women. The company collects, categorizes, and distributes the bras to organizations whose missions are enhanced through the bra recycling program–such as breast cancer organizations that want to provide special types of bras to diagnosed women, organizations that provide clothing, run women’s shelters, or focus on dress as an aspect of professional career development.

Any bras recycled in the month of October (postmarked by October 31) will be entered into a drawing for three $25 Gift Certificates.

How to Participate:

1.     Find used and unused bras that you, your family members, or your friends are no longer wearing. Be sure that the bras are in good condition with functional clasps and straps. All sizes and styles of bras are needed as are bras for special needs, such as post breast surgery bras, mastectomy bras, and maternity bras. Purchase new post surgery or mastectomy bras to donate from Anita, Park Mastectomy, and Decent Exposures.

2.     Fill out the Bra Recycle Form. In order to be eligible for the prize drawing, you need to include the Bra Recycling Form with your bras.

3.     Put the bras in a box or envelope, and mail to:

3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441
Gilbert, AZ 85297

Who Gets the Bras?

Nonprofit organizations across the country may apply to participate in the program. There is a simple application form that asks about the organization’s mission, how receiving recycled bras will further the mission, information about clients served and their needs. Share this information with breast cancer organizations in your area!

So far, these are the organizations participating in the Bra Recycling Program:

Breast Cancer Organizations:

The African American Breast Cancer Alliance (MN) –educates and helps Black/African-American women, men, people of color, families, and communities deal with breast cancer.

Alala: A unique boutique for today’s surviving woman (SC) –provides educational resources, support and supplies for all women’s cancer/health issues.

Other Organizations:

Alternatives for Battered Women (NY) – provides services for battered women.

Arizona’s Children Association (AZ) – provides services and referrals for children and family welfare.

Becca’s Closet (FL)—provides formal wear, and scholarships, for high school students in need.

Chrysalis (AZ) – advocates and educates toward domestic abuse prevention.

Dress for Success (AZ) – provides professional attire, a network of support, and career development for women.

Fresh Start (AZ) – a Women’s Resource Center.

Florence Crittenton (AZ) – serves girls in need.

Hands of Hope (AZ) – helps women and children of domestic violence.

Helen’s Hope Chest (AZ) – provides clothing, toys, and other supplies for foster children.

Maggie’s Place –provides houses of hospitality for expectant mothers who are alone or homeless.

National Advocacy & Training Network (AZ)—advocates to end domestic abuse, sexual assault, and substance abuse.

Northland Family Help Center – provides shelter, advocacy, and education for those experiencing domestic abuse.

Sojourner Family Peace Center (WI)— provides shelter and support services to those affected by domestic violence.

Sojourner Center (AZ) –provides shelter and support services to those affected by domestic violence.

St. John’s Shelter Program (CA) –supports homeless women and children from crisis to self-sufficiency.

The Family Place (TX) –provides services to those affected by domestic violence.

Victor: Helping Others Soar (CA) –provides mental health and support services to children, youth, young adults, and families.

Women’s Advocates, Inc. (MN)—provides shelter, advocacy, education, and resources to battered women and their children.

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