Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere

The Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere (BAD) Group meets monthly, on the 4th Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Tea Room. Join this group to help support women in transition and have fun at the same time.

BAD recycles gently used bras and collects new underpants and then donates them to local shelters, clothing and career closets and anywhere where women can use the SUPPORT of a well-fitting bra. The women in this group help other women select bras at bra distribution events including Project Homeless Connect, the HomeFIrst cold weather shelters and at special emergency distributions such as the event for the 2017 flood victims. Through-out the year hundreds of bras are delivered to agencies around the Bay Area.

Donate Bras and Undergarments

Gently used and new bras are needed as well as new panties. Bras should be clean, unstained, with hooks that work and clasps that are working. We are grateful to our drop off locations around the Bay Area and at the SJWC during club events only.  Get more details on how to donate or please email

Bra Bank

In 2017 we started the BAD BRA Bank. Wearing a well-fitting bra increases a woman’s self-esteem and a bra is critical for job interviews, health and overall dignity. Bras aren’t cheap, and when women are on tight budgets, they often can’t afford to buy or replace them. Some women need special fittings due to their size and we can’t maintain an inventory of every size. Your donations supports our “BAD Bra Bank”, a fund that allows us to purchase two bras for a woman in need. We work with case manager who contact us when they meet a woman who needs our help.

Group History

Be a Dear was founded in 2009 by club members Eileen Hunter, Lisa Collins and Beverly Williams. Before joining the SJWC in 2014, they had already collected more than 10,000 bras for local charities! The number of bras collected today is over 32,000 now.

Keep up with Be a Dear on their Facebook site.

  • Communi-TEA – BAD partners with the Ladies Who Do Lunch Group of SJWC to present Communi-TEA, a Women’s Gathering for Sipping, SUPPORT & Story Swapping. 90 plus women who utilize the services of agencies such as Downtown Streets Team, Veterans Housing Faciity, Sacred Heart Community Service, Veteran’s Home, LifeMoves, HomeFirst, YWCA, and Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence. There are inspirational stories, music and Women of Impact, SWAG and bra distribution to make this a memorable event for all.
Honorary Hosts and Emcee:

  • Honorary Host – Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
  • Honorary Host – Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Honorary Host – Vice-Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • Emcee – Shay Franco-Clausen

Communi-TEA Event Sponsors:

  • Office of Women’s Policy – Santa Clara County, Commission on the Status of Women
  • The HealthTrust
  • Strickland Family LLC
  • Gardner Health Services

Annual Fundraising Event: OktoBRAfest

OktoBRAfest a fundraiser for local non-profits that assist women and the funding of a Bra Bank for purchasing bras for women who need special sizes or styles. Enjoy Polka music, homemade German food and more at this fun-filled event.

Each year we donate a portion of the funds raised to a non-profit that supports women:

At OktoBRAfest we honor our Super Supporters:

OktoBRAfest Event sponsors:

  • Office of Women’s Policy – Santa Clara County, Commission on the Status of Women
  • Heritage Bank of Commerce
  • Duet Plastic Surgery
  • Strickland Family LLC
  • Laura Wolford
  • Gardner Health Services
  • E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie
  • San Jose City Council Member Don Rocha
  • San Jose City Council Member Raul Peralez