When the Zonta Club of the Corry Area launched its second bra drive in February, members set a goal of collecting 1,000 bras to benefit women in underprivileged countries.
The bra drive ended May 31, and not only did Zonta members reach their goal, but they surpassed it with more than 1,000 bras and camisoles.
Zonta member Barb Diehl was chairwoman of the Bra Drive Committee with members Bev Burton and Katherine Kemp Jensen. Diehl credits the community with — once again — coming through for a cause.
“Thank you to the community,” Diehl said. “The response was wonderful, and, wow, we went over our goal and collected more than 1,000 bras.”
Diehl also recognized the businesses that agreed to be collection sites: Hillside Boutique, Peebles, Corry Hi-Ed Center and Corry Manor.
“We really appreciate their help in this worthy cause,” Diehl said.
On Wednesday, June 5, some Zonta members got together at the home of member Reva Lowry to pack the bras for shipping. Zonta will ship five boxes of bras and camisoles to Free the Girls, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado. The bras will then be shipped to a developing country, three of which are named: Mozambique in Southeastern Africa; El Salvador in Central America and Costa Rica in Central America.
As women who are former victims of human sex trafficking are rehabilitated into society, they can safely earn a living by selling the new or second-hand bras to other women in their country.
This is Zonta’s second bra drive. The club held its first one in 2015 and collected almost 1,000 bras. That successful bra drive prompted Zonta members to try to reach the 1,000 mark this year.
Club members plan to have a third bra drive in two years.