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Local volunteers sort and pack 26,000 bras for 'Free The Girls'

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Forty volunteers gathered Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, to sort and pack nearly 26,000 donated bras for the non-profit organization Free The Girls. Free The Girls operates inside of Duneland Community Church and holds a "packing party" every month to sort and process donated bras that arrive from all over the world including bras collected from bra drives, drop-off locations, and individuals.

Tuesday's packing party volunteers included individuals from the Chesterton Rotary and Kiwanis, Duneland Community Church, and Duneland Resale Shop. Dinner for the volunteers was provided by Story Point - Chesterton.

Free The Girls helps women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities. The organization provides opportunities for trafficking survivors to make a safe and sustainable income selling donated bras in the second-hand apparel market and also offers needed support services to help these women achieve their dreams.

Free The Girls works with partner organizations in Mozambique, El Salvador and Costa Rica, and provides survivors with initial bra inventories at no cost, along with budgeting, inventory management and other critical support services to assist the women as they start their businesses. The organization also provides low-cost inventory replenishment once businesses are up and running. Women in the Free The Girls program have used proceeds from their businesses to buy land, house their families, attend universities and expand their businesses -- or start new ones.

Bra packing parties are held once a month. Student led packing parties with groups from Chesterton High School and Olivet Nazarene University will be held in October.

Tuesday, November 7, from 5:15-8 p.m. will be the next volunteer packing party. For more details or to volunteer your group or club contact Joe Juarez, Free The Girls inventory manager, at


Posted 10/1/2019




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