Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere

The Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere (BAD) Group is reconvening in 2022. Our 4rth annual event; Communi-TEA will be on Wednesday, June 29. Stop by SJWC on March 23 for the Mixer and stay for a 7 PM kickoff meeting if you are interested in volunteering to help provide an afternoon of pampering; a luncheon, bra distribution and resource fair for 100 women in our community experiencing trauma, homelessness and domestic violence .

Volunteers are needed to help gather donations of undergarments and raffle prizes before the event and setup and serve on June 29. Please contact Eileen Hunter at 650-862-1375 or email

We are also collaborating with The Farmworkers Caravan to provide sports bras to the women farmworkers this summer.

Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays at San Jose Woman's Club,  9 AM until 3 PM.

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.


March 23 at 7 PM after Mixer Event at San Jose Woman’s Club

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Operation Sports Bra

Join the BAD girls in helping with “Operations Sports Bra: Youth SUPPORTING Youth” a drive to collect 1000 + NEW Sports Bras. All bras will be donated to nonprofits that work with the economically disadvantaged including Bill Wilson Center, Gifts for Teens, Spartan Cares Food Pantry and Larkin Street Youth Services. We are collaborating with groups at high schools, universities, sports teams and groups that promote volunteerism. Get more details. 

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 have drop off locations at the SJWC during club events only. For other locations please email or get more details on how to donate.

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 35,000 now.

Keep up with Be a Dear on their Facebook site.

Press Coverage


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, onRoute22, Sacred Heart Community Service, Veteran's Home, LifeMovies, HomeFirst, YWCA, and Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence, attending this very special luncheon seated at each table to share lunch and chat.

Honorary Hosts and Emcee:

  • Honorary Host 2019 - Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Honorary Host 2018 - Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
  • Honorary Host 2017 - Vice-Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
  • Emcee - Shay Franco-Clausen


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

Major 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:

Event sponsors:

  • Office of Women’s Policy - Santa Clara County, Commission on the Status of Women
  • The HealthTrust
  • Strickland Family LLC
  • Gardner Health Services
  • Awesome Foundation
  • E Clampus Vitus, Mountain Charlie
  • San Jose City Council Member Don Rocha

Recent Events

  • Each spring, the Be a Dear Section hosts a community for women in need. This year, the Section is hosting an afternoon tea, CommuniTea on Wednesday, June 29. Women from local shelters and service organizations will attend the tea. Each table at the tea will be hosted by a woman of influence. Each woman will leave will a new bra and a SWAG bag. In 2016, The Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere Section sponsored the MOD (Make Over Day) Project on Monday, May 16 in downtown San Jose at Women’s Gathering Place. 30 homeless women enjoyed lunch and a full makeover including several outfits that best fit their personal style, new makeup and a new hairstyle. Each woman left with several outfits, a portrait, and a SWAG bag. Many thanks to the many volunteers and the organizations who participated: The Family Album Project, Gardner Family Health Network, San Jose City College – Cosmetology, Mary Lou Manlove of ColorInsight, Community Health Partnership, Office of the Independent Police Auditor, San Jose Women’s Gathering Place and First Presbyterian Church of San Jose.And finally, a very special shout out to our sponsors: Strickland Family LLC and Lisa Buchannan!