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Downsizing your wardrobe? Donate your extra bras!

Since we are moving to Spain very soon, I’ve started sorting through my minimalist wardrobe just to see if I can downsize it even more. Currently, I have around 30 pieces in my wardrobe that I wear regularly throughout the year.

I do have a few shirts, leggings, and bras that I no longer need, tucked away in the closet, so now’s the perfect time to find new homes for these items before we leave the UK. I plan to photograph my clothing and post it on Facebook just in case one of my friends would like to take any of it off my hands.

But what should I do with my bras?

In the States, you can donate gently-used bras to second-hand stores, no problem. I was planning on doing the same here but it was brought to my attention (thanks to a post shared on Facebook!) that charity shops in the UK don’t accept used bras. However, the same post highlighted the Scottish charity Smalls for All.

According to their website:

Smalls for All is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa.  We help those living in orphanages, slums, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula.

While people living in Western Society tend to have easy access to underwear and take it for granted, in many more remote or poorer parts of Africa, that is far from the case.  Underwear is a luxury that many people just cannot afford or it isn’t easily available.

Giving pants and bras may seem like a small thing, but it can make a life-changing difference, for example having pants can help teenage girls complete their education without having to miss school each month during their period.

We accept donations of new pants and new bras and gently worn bras.  We also accept donations of money to support our work and help us to help more people. Our supporters can donate here.

If you’d like to donate underwear, here’s what they recommend:

All you have to do is buy a packet of ladies’ or children’s pants and send them to us. They must be new and size wise for children aged 3-15 or ladies size 8-16.

We also accept new or ‘gently worn’ bras which can be any size, including teen, sports and nursing bras, but not cropped top style or bikini tops.They offer additional instructions for posting your donations:

If you’re sending an underwear donation, please include a note of your name so we can show you our appreciation in our monthly thank you posted on the Talking Pants pages of our website.  If you would like to receive our monthly update please also provide your email address.

If you’re able to include a small donation of £3 to help us with our work that would be pantastic too.  Donating a little more like this means that together we can help so many more people.

Or to give online click here and if you’re able to Gift Aid your donation you can make an even bigger difference.

Please send your smalls to:

Smalls for All
108 Buchanan Crescent,
Eliburn, Livingston, EH54 7EF
United Kingdom.

I had never heard of this charity so I’m glad I stumbled across their post on Facebook. I have three bras to donate and it feels great knowing that these bras will be put to good use instead of ending up in a rubbish pile somewhere.

Now I just need to package them in a box and head to the post office! 🙂

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