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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Got a bra? Give it to Zonta!
November 9, 2018

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Do you have bras that you never wear, hiding in the back of your dresser drawer? Maybe you have a few bras that just aren't the right fit or feel, that are too lacy or too racy? What about that bra that went perfectly with a bridesmaid dress, but nothing else?

Admit it, you will never wear that turquoise bridesmaid dress again, and life is too short to wear bras you don't feel good in.

Now is the time to get rid of those extra bras that are cluttering your life. Zonta Club of the Adirondacks has the solution for you - one that will help "spark joy" so to speak, not just by thinning out your excess stuff, but also by helping others in need.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 3 p.m., the club will host a bra drive to help women rescued from sex trafficking who seek to reintegrate into "normal" life. Club members will collect both new and gently used bras of all sizes and styles in front of the Adirondack Community Church, at 2583 Main St., in Lake Placid. The club also aims to raise at least a dollar per bra in donations to assist in the cost of shipping the bras overseas.

All bras and proceeds collected will go to the non-profit organization Free the Girls, which helps women rescued from sex trafficking in El Salvador, Mozambique and Costa Rica to successfully reintegrate by providing them with economic opportunities and financial independence. With both the money and bras collected, these women can start their own businesses selling the bras in the second hand market.

Sex trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that particularly impacts women and girls. It involves forcing the victims to engage in the commercial sex trade through force, fraud, and coercion. Mozambique, El Salvador and Costa Rica are countries with high numbers of sex trafficking victims; however, the problem exists in communities all over the world.

Last February, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks collected undergarments for distribution to local women in need at its "Mardis Bras" fundraiser event, hosted by Desperados Restaurant.

"Many people wanted to donate their gently used bras at Mardi Bras last year, but we were only taking new ones at that time," club President Amy Quinn said. "When I heard about what Free the Girls is doing with used bras, I knew this was something our club had to do, because it aligns perfectly with the mission of the 'Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women' International Days of Activism event taking place worldwide between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10. Almost all of us have bras which we never wear."

You can learn more about Free the Girls at www.freethegirls.org.

Zonta Club of the Adirondacks is a charitable organization with the mission of advancing gender equality. To learn more about the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, visit www.zontadistrict2.org/adirondacks/index.html or the club's Facebook page.

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