I have the privilege of helping to buy and then deliver uniforms to underprivileged kids in the Valley of 1000 Hills. It was on our recent visits to the 40 schools we serve, when I couldn’t help but notice how many young kids were not wearing underwear and older girls’ bras. On enquiring, I quickly learnt that when it comes to choosing what to purchase, shoes for school are more important than underwear, and thus many children live with as little as 2 sets of panties per child.
I feel that after becoming a mum myself, it was as if my heart was broken open… and never closed again. There is a rawness to parenting, to loving something more than you love life itself. I am sure my parents will agree with me that parenting makes you feel vulnerable and it too makes you feel whole.
As a mum, and knowing how universal these feelings are, I can’t imagine what it must feel like for the many mothers in our community, who can’t afford to buy their children underwear. It must break their hearts to feel that degree of helplessness.
This prompted me to start an ‘Underwear Drive’ which we’re calling ‘Pass the Panties’. Our aim is to raise funds for purchasing new underwear as well as collecting a range of sizes of lightly used bra’s. We will then sort through these donations, or purchases, and create sizing categories. From there we’ll be going into the schools which I have relationships with (Primary – High School) in the Valley of 1000 Hills.
We would love for you to get behind this initiative and donate lightly used or new underwear. Let’s teach our own children how fortunate they are, and that despite age, they too can make a difference in another’s life.