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Midland salon collects bras for shelters

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(01/28/14) - When you think donations, underwear might not the first thing that comes to mind, but the All About You Salon, in Midland, is joining an effort to collect bras for women in unfortunate situations.

They started collecting the undergarments after owner Jackie Gay heard about a push for donations by Soma, and intimate apparel store in Birch Run.

"I just happened to be at Soma last year and the girls were talking about it, and we decided it's something we want to try here," Gay said.

She says people in the community were eager to help and began donating bras right away.

"We had a few men that had wives that passed away, and they didn't know what to do with their bras, you know, so they bagged them up and brought them in and it was just really amazing," she said.

The bras will be donated to local shelters and the Saginaw Underground Railroad to help women who are trying to escape a dangerous past.

"People forget that bras and underwear and socks are things that people need, and they sometimes just don't have access to them when they are trying to leave in an unsafe situation," said Lisa Hall of the Underground Railroad.

The Saginaw Underground Railroad serves more than 4,000 clients a year so the bras will make a difference.

"This is real important in the road to recovery, and the road to getting back to a positive mindset," Hall said.

"I'm just hoping it makes them feel better about themselves," Gay said.

The salon will continue collecting bras through February, and customers who donate will receive a 10 percent discount on their services.
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