Starting July 1, the URM will be running their new month-long campaign UnderAWARE, with hopes of collecting underwear, a basic necessity that most of us take for granted. The Mission’s Outreach Department has noticed the demand for both men’s and women’s undergarments are very high, while the supply is very, very limited, often absent.
For individuals living in poverty or homelessness, underwear is a very basis need, but one of the most difficult items to acquire. The Outreach team has a goal of 250 pairs of new underwear with this campaign.
“People don’t usually think about donating underwear, or perhaps feel awkward or uncomfortable, not really knowing if it is an acceptable item to donate. The goal of our UnderAWARE drive is to of course collect and grow our depleted supply of underwear, but also bring awareness and conversation around the fact that everyone deserves a fresh, clean pair of underpants. Being able to offer clean underwear to someone goes a long way in promoting their self-confidence and most importantly, their dignity.” Says Lisa Anderson, Executive Director of the Upper Room Mission.
The UnderAWARE campaign will be running for the entire month of July. Donations of new men’s and women’s underwear can be dropped off at the Upper Room Mission, located at 3403-27th Ave. Vernon, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Only new underwear will be accepted due to hygiene reasons. To thank the community for their continuous support, the Upper Room Mission will also be hosting an Open House BBQ on Sunday, July 30th from noon to 2pm. Underwear will also be accepted at the open house.