The vast majority of our underwear donations come from individuals. That’s people like you! And we can’t thank you enough. We’re also delighted to be friends with ethical underwear and lifestyle brand Y.O.U Underwear who send us two pairs of pants for every pair they sell. This is integral to their mission of changing the world, one pair of pants at a time!
We rely heavily on our distribution friends’ help to ship an deliver our underwear so we can be sure it reaches those who need it most. We’re hugely indebted to National Police Aid Convoys (NPAC) in particular. In the last year alone, they’ve transported and distributed over 225,000 items of underwear to Africa for us.
Our thanks also go to other pantastic distribution friends including:
- Days for Girls
- 500 miles
- Simon Community Scotland
- Freedom from Fistula Foundation (FFFF)
- Kenya Children’s Homes (KCH)
- The Tumaini Fund
- William Stewart Foundation
- Bethany Christian Trust & Edinburgh Mission Carevan…
And many, many others. For full details, please see our underwear timeline.
While we donate all the new underwear we receive directly to those who need it, we also sell some of the gently worn bras we receive to family run recycling company Lawrence M Barry & Co (LMB) to help raise the vital funds we need to support our work. For example, to pay the rent and electricity for our sorting premises. LMB send the bras they get from us to people in developing economies like Africa to help them earn an income by selling bras.
All our friends are crucial to the work of Smalls – we couldn’t do what we do without them.