The Salvation Army realizes that most shelters are usually run by men and the majority of guests are men. Feminine hygiene items and bras are rarely donated because they are pricey or often forgotten. This is very challenging for homeless women.
According to a Huffington Post article, "Homeless women typically know where to find a safe place to sleep or a hot meal to eat, but when it comes to taking care of their feminine hygiene needs, they often have nowhere to turn."
The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary became aware of this need and created "Mardi Bra," a lingerie party for homeless women. During the party, bras, panties and feminine hygiene items will be handed out to female homeless guests. The Mardi Bra Party, with a Mardi Gras theme, will be held, at noon on Monday, at The Salvation Army’s ReCreate Café, 800 McCallie Ave.
"We are excited to celebrate six years of our fun Mardi Bra Party," said Major Chiffonia Smith, area commander of the Greater Chattanooga Area. "This is a vital party hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary for women in need."
If your church, business or school would like to hold a donation drive, contact Thomas Black at 423-756-1023. Monetary donations can be made online at www.csarmy.org, by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or by mail to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37403.
For additional information contact Kimberly George at 423-756-1023 or email Kimberly.George@uss.salvationarmy.org.