Home > Why we do this > Men need pants too

The bottom line in dignity

Although we get comparatively few requests for men’s pants, we’re always delighted to receive them. One example of the need is for those going into hospital in Africa to be fitted with prosthetics and orthotics, where having pants saves embarrassment all around.

Says Olivia Giles of 500 miles – a charity that aims to get disabled people in Malawi and Zambia up and walking – “We need to keep a supply of pants to preserve the dignity of patients requiring intimate fittings and who often come without pants. Maria and her Smalls’ team very kindly arrange for us to be kept well stocked up.”

Since changing our constitution in 2019 to support those in the UK who have a need for underwear, we’ve seen an increase in demand for men’s pants. The majority of requests we receive from those supporting the homeless in the UK are for men’s pants, and the requests we receive from, for example school uniform banks, include requests for older boys.

Simon Community Scotland supports the homeless. “Underwear is among the many items we replenish on a regular basis as they are a vital necessity to give dignity to those faced with homelessness. So when Smalls contacted us with a generous donation we were over the moon!” Says Melissa of the Volunteer Team, “We desperately need men’s boxers of all sizes – especially during Covid-19 as we’re helping more people into temporary accommodation.”

The need for underwear to help those unable to afford it remains very real and we want to support everyone who needs underwear.

Please keep your donations coming so that we can continue to provide dignity to those faced with disability, hardship and homelessness.