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Student-led bra drive helps local women’s shelter


The second annual F.E.M.E bra drive benefitted the Mustard Seed Women’s Shelter. Vanguard Photo | Audrey Bergey.

Throughout the entire month of March, F.E.M.E. hosted a bra drive.

All donations will benefit Mustard Seed Shelter, a women’s homeless shelter in Saginaw.

Jessica Davis, an elementary education sophomore and F.E.M.E.’s philanthropy chair, explained the importance of hosting the event.

“Bras are something that cost a great deal of money, and many people are unable to afford them,” Davis said. “For the guests at Mustard Seed, these bras not only give them support physically, but also aid in providing a newfound sense of confidence to take on life after experiencing difficult times.”

Individuals can donate in a few different ways.

“There are donation boxes placed around campus … where people can donate their new or gently used bras,” Davis said.

Drop-off locations include the Student Life Center, the Zahnow Library and by the Gilbertson ele- vators.

“Periodically, the bras are collected from the boxes, … sorted and brought to Mustard Seed Shelter,” she said. “If one is unable to donate physically, there is a QR code on the event flyers for people to monetarily donate directly to Mustard Seed.” The success of last year’s bra drive has encouraged F.E.M.E. members to strive for further success this year.

“Last year, we collected 64 bras, even though the pandemic shut us down halfway through,” Davis said. “This year, our goal is to reach 100 bras because the need for donations at this shelter is so significant.”

She expressed gratitude for the donations and the opportunity to collaborate.

“We are quickly approaching this goal and are hoping to surpass it with all the support we have been receiving from the SVSU community and beyond,” Davis said. “It has been a fun and unique opportunity to work with the amazing people at Mustard Seed.”

She said the event exemplifies the larger goals of F.E.M.E.

“(We are) committed to promoting the empowerment of women from all backgrounds by providing academic support, opportunities for professional development, multicultural education, philanthropic opportunities and mentorship,” Davis said.

SVSU students are encouraged to get more involved with F.E.M.E.

“Be sure to follow @femeatsvsu on Instagram to learn when recruitment is and stay updated with what our organization is up to throughout the year,” Davis said.

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