PITTSBURG  — At a Mardi Gras-themed brunch, the community collected over 260 bras to give to clients at Wesley House, Safehouse Crisis Center and students in Pittsburg USD 250 on Saturday at Crestwood Country Club.

That’s not including monetary donations equallying $2,000, which increases the number of bras raised from 260 to much, much more.

The event was hosted by Wesley House, Safehouse, the community group P3 and The Family Resource Center. P3 Committee Co-Chair Dawn McNay said the turnout was great.

Pittsburg High School Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Reannon McCoy said she told her students about the bra fundraiser and they were excited to know they were finally getting a new bra.

“Right now there is a huge need,” McCoy said. “Some have bras, but they are not fitting right, torn, tearing, too big or too small.”

 

Wesley House Executive Director and Pastor Marcee Binder said she sees a similar need at Wesley House.

In fact, she said, a new bra helped give confidence to a homeless woman who came through their doors.

After completing educational programs to get her on her feet, Binder said the woman was taken out to purchase a new outfit — new bra included.

“When she came back after shopping, she immediately put the undergarment on … she walked around with rolled shoulders, and after she walked more confidently,” Binder said. “It was so important to see that small change. She is now employed and housed.”

McNay agreed.

“It really is about dignity,” she said.

Women who come to Safehouse Crisis Center often come with little to nothing but their clothes on their back, Safehouse Executive Director Rebecca Brubaker said.

She said the shelter works to find clothing through donations, but it is difficult to find bras.  Brubaker said the bras collected will greatly help these women.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.