You know…you never really see a woman’s underwear or bra, in most cases. Or a girl’s. It is something that is hidden. I know this might seem like a crazy or uncomfortable or maybe even inappropriate subject during the holidays (or any other day, right?)…but please women, stay with me here……. there is a need….an important one…we need you to hear this.
So…a woman or girl’s underclothes….they are largely hidden from anyone on the outside…..she sees them when she puts them on in the morning, and when she takes them off….and sometimes unspeakable things happen to women and girls that end up with someone seeing their undergarments who has no business seeing them or the things underneath them. I’m just going to come right out and tell you what this is about. This is about hidden things that we just don’t think about because we don’t see them……but things that are important all the same. This is about dignity….and having what you need….and I don’t write unless I have something to say…so I hope you will please read this, because I have something to say.
I learned something this year that I really should have known…..or suspected. This new knowledge has started a domino effect that started with the question of “what can we do about this?” I think we all have knowledge that the exploitation of women is not slowing down, but increasing, particularly in the sex trade…that women and girls are being trapped, kidnapped and turned to slaves at an alarming rate…right here in our own country and all over the world. We can not turn our heads from this. These women are our sisters and they need our help. There are also many of our sisters leaving abusive and horrid conditions, and trying to recover from poverty.
Well……I was talking to brave girl Anna Oginsky when she was at camp last month, we were talking about a shelter in her area that she was raising money for….a shelter for women, our sisters….this one in particular is a safe house for girls and women rescued from sex trafficking. She then said something that pounded into my heart.
…she said the money she was raising was going to buy them new bras and underwear.
It hit me like a punch in the gut. With all of the work I have been blessed to do to help other women…with all of the yucky situations I have even found myself and my own family in…it had never occurred to me what an important need this is.
Think about it…..right next to our skin….in some of our most tender places…our heart, our shoulders, our womb, our special places meant for sacred things…………and many of these girls and women have been violated in the worst possible places in all of these hidden places…….and are left with soul scars….but also reminders every time they put on their underclothes…the clothes that no one else sees. Often times the underclothes are so worn, threadbare, stained……but it is all that there is. There is something to this, you know? You can dress up in nice new pretty clothes…..but you are the only one who knows what is underneath them.
We want to help provide lovely things for women and girls who are healing….because this is a real need and it’s not really being addressed. We want to raise money for lovely undergarments for women and girls who need their dignity restored. We also are working to create beautiful, soft woven fabric tags to sew into undergarments with beautiful truths on them to be seen every time the undergarments are put on and taken off. These tags can also be sewn into regular, everyday clothes. You will hear lots more about that soon. Our goal is to actually have beautiful truths sewn inside of all of our daughter’s coats, shirts, socks, shoes….everything. We will be making these tags available soon for you to do the same…but first we are starting where there is this deep hidden need.
Our first fundraiser is with my dear friend, and fellow brave girl, Lisa McKenney. She and I have partnered to create CHAINS OF FREEDOM..….chains that we wear around our necks to show support for our sisters who are finding their way back to freedom after being enslaved and exploited. The proceeds from these necklaces will go toward 2 different shelters here in the U.S…..to buy new lovely undergarments for our sisters as they are regaining their worth and dignity. We are working on getting the tags done so that truths will also be sewn inside of them……reminders that underneath it all….where no one can see, they are worthy, valuable, loved and not forgotten.
Lisa’s necklaces have already raised over $11,000 for these causes and our goal is to get to $20,000 by the end of the year to donate lovely things for our sisters.
We are helping the shelter where Anna lives…here is a blog post from Anna about why this cause is so dear to her…..
and a shelter in Seattle where Lisa lives……they are putting together what is called COMFORT KITS…..and we are going to help. 🙂
This shelter is called I WANT REST … can you believe that name? We want to help them get some rest…and some comfort
Soooo…head on over HERE and purchase a beautiful handmade necklace for someone you love this holiday season…knowing that the proceeds are going to an incredible cause.
And we will keep you posted about the BRAVE GIRL LOVETAGS that we hope get sewn into clothing all over the world to remind our sisters, mothers, daughters about who they are and how important they are in the world. <3
Thank you. xoxoxo