Mardi Bras RVA is Back!
How many pair of underwear do you have in your drawer right now? How many bras? When ‘that time of the month’ comes, do you wonder where you will obtain your supplies of pads or tampons? Sorry – if you are a guy and reading this, I dare you to ask your wife, daughter, sister, girlfriend, or mother these questions. I recently talked with a few women who used to be homeless and spent a lot of time on the street. They wondered about this every day… and every month. Supplies are NOT readily available for women who are homeless or on a low or restricted income. No – food stamps and other resources do NOT cover feminine protection. Then, I read this article…For Homeless Women, Getting Their Period Is One Of The Most Difficult Challenges which confirmed what I thought.
This is a problem that can be easily solved; and we decided to do something about it. So, here’s the deal. We are going to collect pads, tampons, new bras, new underwear and incontinence pads for women who are homeless or on low/restricted income! Keep reading! MARDI GRAS, where women bare their breasts for beads in New Orleans, is right around the corner. Instead of revealing our breasts, we are going to work at covering some! Join us for MARDI BRAS RVA 2016!!!
OPEN HOUSE DATES/TIMES:
Monday evening, 2/8 6p-8p
Tuesday morning, 2/9 10a-12noon
Hi, Friends and Neighbors!
I am overwhelmed at the generosity of each and every one of you! Seriously! This started out as a quick invitation to some friends, that has now exploded into a full movement! And… I couldn’t be more thrilled! Seriously! Even with the postponement due to the pending storm, I couldn’t be happier. WHY????? Because it gives us an extra week to tell more people and collect more bras, underwear, pads, tampons and such! WOO HOO!!! Please help spread the word by forwarding this message to them!
So, here’s the latest…
NBC12 NEWS SEGMENT, Karla Redditte:
If you missed her Focus on Faith Segment on Wednesday, 2/4, you can see it here – NBC12 Interview and Video. Karla and Matt (camera guy) were amazing and fun! So appreciate them!
Due to the pending snowstorm, we have rescheduled for next week!
Monday, February 23rd 5p – 8pm
Tuesday, February 24th 10a – 12noon
Miss Marti’s House, an urban ministry of Into The Neighborhood, Inc. 2101 Barton Avenue; Richmond, VA 23222
- Underwear – all shapes, all sizes. Don’t forget larger sizes! Need solid white for Richmond City Justice Center. Other colors are good for other ministries.
- Bras – all shapes, all sizes. Don’t forget larger sizes! Need solid white and NO WIRES!!! for Richmond City Justice Center. Other colors are good for other ministries.
- Pads and Tampons
If you want to make a contribution, make your check to Into The Neighborhood and include a note that says Mardi Bras RVA, and we will use the funds to provide the necessary products. Mail it to:
Into The Neighborhood 2101 Barton Ave Richmond, VA 23222
We are thankful for these gifts and contributions: A real answer to prayer!!!
GFC Catering for catering both gatherings.
The Cake Lady – for supplying beautiful cakes for both gatherings!
ORGANIZATIONS WE ARE SUPPORTING:
Check back often because we will update the list!
- Housing Families First – Hilliard House and Building Neighbors
- Home Again/Espigh Shelter
- MCEF – Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions
- Daily Planet
- Help Somebody
- PICF Unique Resource Center
- Alpha and Omega Church
- Faith Landmarks Church
- Richmond City Justice Center (aka – the old city jail)
- Life Transformation Church, a missional micro-expression of the church network in RVA
Because of deliveries like THIS…
we have gotten this….
And need your help filling it up! We are so grateful to PODS for the generous gift to us! We have it temporarily to collect, sort and store all of your donations! WHAT A BLESSING!
Hope to see you in a week!
May God bless you for being a blessing to others,
for it is more blessed to give than receive.
One week from today, and we started preparing yesterday! I am grateful for the neighborhood kiddos who came to help… and play just a little. I love these kids! For more information about Mardi Bras RVA check out… Mardi Bras RVA Blog Post or Mardi Bras – Update