Operation Sports Bra; Youth SUPPORTING Youth

Wearing a well-fitting bra increases self-esteem and a bra is critical for health and overall dignity. The Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere Group (BAD) of the San Jose Woman’s Club (SJWC) has been collecting and distributing bras in the Bay Area since
2009. Over 35,000 have been donated so far by caring women and girls. We have distributed these bras to homeless shelters, clothing closets and direct to women and girls in need. (Logo Design: Janet Smith, High School Sophomore)

We are reaching out to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area where girls can be found, including:

  • Sports and cheerleading teams
  • Groups that promote volunteerism
  • Middle schools, high schools, colleges, sororities
  • Church youth groups

Our goal is to collect 1000 plus NEW sports bras for nonprofits including The Bill Wilson Center, a nonprofit organization in Santa Clara, California, that supports homeless, runaway children and young adults, AAUW’s Gifts for Teens, a once a year holiday program for youth in need in Santa Clara County, San Jose State University Spartan Pantry and the Larkin Street Youth Services Center in San Francisco. In addition to providing bras for girls and young women in need, working on this bra drive will help raise awareness about homelessness and poverty faced by many girls and young women.

Please consider collaborating with SJWC’s Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere group, Sports Basement and Santa Clara Supervisors to provide this much needed resource for girls and young women and help SUPPORT ALL girls.

Operation Sports Bra Timeline:

The bra drive “Operation Sports Bra, Youth Supporting Youth” will run throughout the months of August and September.

  • August 1 – Begin bra drive. Collect new bras that others have
    purchased or encourage donors to purchase new bras using a Wish
    List that will be set up for this NEW sports bra drive
  • Saturday, September 25, 10 am to 2 pm – There will be a Santa Clara County
    Gratitude and Collection event at Campbell Sports Basement
  • Saturday, October 2, 10 am to 2 pm- There will be a San Francisco Gratitude and
    Collection event at the new Stonestown Galleria Sport Basement
  • Final collections at a San Jose Woman’s Club October community
  • End of October – BAD and volunteers to deliver bras to recipient

Guidelines for Groups:

  • Collect NEW sports bras only
    –Any size and style sports bra
    –XSmall, Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge
  • Attend Gratitude and Collection event in your location
  • Final collection of bras at San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S. 11 th Street
    at October San Jose Woman’s Club Community in mid-October
    What to expect from San Jose Woman’s Club Be a Dear and Donate a
  • Marketing template with logo, information about recipients and PR
    release for media
  • Social media posts about your group and the bra drive
  • A San Jose Woman’s Club member contact to help you throughout
    the bra drive

    Operation Sports Bra Final Logo

Sponsored by:

  • Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board, Susan Ellenberg and SJWC member
  • Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women
  • Sports Basement Campbell and Sports Basement San Francisco Stonestown
  • San Francisco State University
  • Girl Scouts of Northern California
  • San Jose Woman’s Club

For more information, contact Eileen Hunter
Phone: 650-862-1375 E mail: bad@sjwomansclub.org

Would you like to donate a New sports bra or 2?