After my post about Brallelujah bras—in which I confessed I’d be ditching my tired old bras—I got an e-mail from a reader, Jennifer, telling me that if I hadn’t tossed the bras already, she’d be happy to have them for Quilts for the Homeless, which recycles old bras. I pledged to send a bunch of my cast-off titslings and asked for the details, just in case y’all might like to donate some of your own. Jennifer says:
We use old bras (amongst other things) in the making of the quilts. We cut the bras into pieces that we use to fashion handles for the quilts and also keep them rolled up when not being used. We are always in need of old bras for our project and since they are cut up into pieces we can use the condition of them does not matter. We feel it is a great way to reuse/recycle something that would otherwise end up in a landfill into a worthwhile cause.
We would be very gratefull to have any old bras that you no longer want. Since we cut them up into pieces we can use the condition of the bras does not matter. We even prefer that you take a pair of scissors or a knife and make a cut between the cups of any bras that you send to us. We have had a woman in the past express concern that we would take donated bras and sell them, this eliminates any concern of this nature as the bras are no longer in a condition to wear again. It can also be a great stress reliever after a day of being poked in the ribs by an underwire with a mind of its own! The colder months are upon us and we are so short on old bras to use for the quilts that we have had to omit the handles on some of the quilts that we have made.
I didn’t want to post Jennifer’s address, but if you’re interested in donating too, contact her at Quilts4Homeless@yahoo.com and she’ll give you the address where you can send them. Mine get shipped out this week!