Murphy Supports the Girls
Murphy resident Colleen Goodroe met Dana Marlowe, founder of "I Support the Girls", through mutual friends while they were in college at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. “I Support the Girls” is a non-profit organization which was launched on July 13, 2015. “I Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls nationally and internationally. Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity.” (isupportthegirls.org)
Goodroe provides insight into Marlowe’s background, “It did not surprise me at all to learn that Dana had started this initiative. She has always been outgoing as well as interested in helping people from all walks of life, especially the disabled. She learned American Sign Language and was able to communicate well with, and genuinely cared for, the deaf community who attended The National Technical Institute for the Deaf which shared our college campus.”
Dina Wolff is Goodroe’s neighbor, and after seeing a post on Goodroe’s Facebook page about “I Support the Girls”, decided she would ask Murphy residents to support the girls. The support has come in the form of an inundation of bras of all colors and sizes. Since the beginning of Feb., over a hundred bras have been collected at Wolff’s home in Murphy Farms.
Wolff explained why this is important to her, “I’m really blessed right now. I can offer to help, but it hasn’t always been that way.” Regarding the amount of bras that Wolff has collected, Goodroe said, “I think the amount of bras that Dina has collected is tremendous! So many in such a short time. I believe that there are many more bras hiding in drawers and closets that can be donated to make that number even bigger. If more people take to heart the comment, "Homeless women need bras” like Dana Marlowe did, so many more women will be uplifted and find greater self-worth through their donations.”
Wolff invites readers to bring bras to her home at 326 Green Acres. She will keep a donation box on her front porch through the first week of March. She will deliver the donations to the affiliate director for “I Support the Girls – DFW” who lives in Wylie. These donations will be brought to local homeless shelters. If readers would like to make a monetary donation, they can go to isupportthegirls.org for directions.