Be the Love, Stock Up On Undies
Whatever you call them–panties, underoos, underwear, boxers or briefs–our most intimate of unmentionables is a typical daily clothing item for the majority of us. They are a comfort that we have grown to love and need. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many children and families.
In Uganda, one barrier that often keeps young girls from going to school is that once they start their periods, they are too embarrassed to attend class without clean underwear and sanitary pads. Through Watoto’s special project—Keep a Girl in School (KAGIS)—we can help.
Locally, we are working with the Children’s Playtime Project to also provide new panties to the young girls living at the DC General Homeless Shelter, DC’s largest shelter.
Last year at conference, we had over 400 pairs of shoes collected for the women and children of DC General Shelter. This year we are believing for over 500 pairs of underwear at conference!
So what are you waiting for? “PUT YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES ON” and be the love to our sisters in Northern Uganda and in our local community. Bonus: It is easy to help. Just buy a NEW package of girls’ underwear (size 7-16) and bring it to the Beautiful You conference (May 8-9, 2015) to drop off at the Be The Love station. The underwear must be wrapped up in its original packaging, and for sanitary reasons we can not accept underwear that is used or not packaged. Here are some great links of stores where you can buy some undies:
Are there any other great places to buy undies for girls? Tell us in the comments section below, and share this post with your friends. #BYmovement
Originally from the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection (Philly), Deesha moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to work at the White House. Deesha has been an AIDS activist for 20 years and worked previously as a social worker and music journalist covering East Coast hip-hop. She’s currently a volunteer with Carpenter’s Shelter in Virginia and Be the Love DC, a Capital City Church campaign that empowers people to change the world.