These bras can change lives

Bras are hard-working pieces of apparel. Unlike a T-shirt or slacks, which do little more than hang about the wearer, bras offer stabilization and lift (or padding, as the case may be). They’re a woman’s most-supportive undergarment.

This January, we can use our bras to give support to women around the world who really need it.

aristelle-logoFrom New Year’s Day through Jan. 19, lingerie shop Aristelle in Portland will be collecting gently used bras to help sex-trafficking survivors. The bras are donated to Free The Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides reintegration services for survivors of sex trafficking in developing countries. It’s a huge undertaking, but a supremely important one, and those bras you would otherwise throw away can actually help make a difference. Go bras. Go women.

Drop off your bras at Aristelle, 92 Exchange St., Portland, during business hours (donors get 20 percent off any non-sale items) from Jan. 1-19.

Or hang onto them until the last day and join Maine Women Magazine and Aristelle for a party on Jan. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the store. You can bring your used bras that evening and stay for socializing, drinks, food, prizes and one BIG prize of gift cards and goodies valued at $500. Our goal is to gather 250 bras—and you can help us get there.

Those old bras aren’t done yet—they can help a victim of human trafficking get a fresh start.

For more information on Free The Girls visit


WHATJoin Maine Women Magazine and Aristelle for a party to benefit free the girls

WHEN: January 19, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: Aristelle, 92 Exchange St., Portland

Bring your gently used bras.

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