Recent Sixth Annual CUPS Bra Drive Raises Over 2,500; The Bras Local association donates underwear to five local organizations and international groups
For six years, Cynthia Gamboa has greatly helped women in need. Gamboa, founder and executive director of Commitment to Uplift with Purpose and Service (CUPS), recently hosted the sixth annual nonprofit bra drive at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and collected more than 2,500 new and slightly used. Together with volunteers, they sorted the underwear and Gamboa delivered it to five organizations that help women in difficult circumstances such as domestic violence, homelessness and sex trafficking.
AURORA, Ill., November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — For six years, Cynthia Gamboa has greatly helped women in need.
Gamboa, founder and executive director of Commitment to Uplift with Purpose and Service (CUPS), recently hosted the sixth annual nonprofit bra drive at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and collected more than 2,500 new and slightly used. Together with volunteers, they sorted the underwear and Gamboa delivered it to five organizations that help women in difficult circumstances such as domestic violence, homelessness and sex trafficking. The organizations were the Wheatonbased on DuPage PADS, Elgin PADS and three Dawnnon-profit : Chesed House, Mutual Ground and Not Forgotten Ministries. Each organization received nearly 200 new bras which were given to their customers.
The rest was donated to Free The Girls, a Chesterton, Indiananonprofit providing sustainable economic opportunity and related services to survivors of sex trafficking. This nonprofit, Gamboa said, ships the bras to survivors of sex trafficking so they can resell the bras and build sustainable businesses.
Hesed House Director of Community Engagement Noemi Velasquez was moved by the support this year’s campaign garnered.
“Her mission is magnificent and we are honored to benefit from this special event. Cynthia and the rest of her team care for our ladies with so much love and respect,” Velazquez said. “Chesed House is grateful for the CUPS Bra campaign as it has brought hope and dignity to the women who have been staying at our shelter for several years! “
Gamboa launched CUPS in 2017 to honor his late mother, Caroline Gamboawho succumbed to stage 4 breast cancer at age 54. Cynthia Gamboa saw CUPS as a way to uplift women who might struggle to see themselves beyond their circumstances and to give purpose to vendors and volunteers who help collect donated bras throughout the year. Gamboa then distributes the bras to local shelters in Dawn and surrounding communities. Its mission, she says, is “to preserve the dignity and self-esteem of women and girls who experience homelessness, domestic violence and sex trafficking and those who are refugees.”
For women fleeing homelessness, domestic violence and sex trafficking, these bras are essential items that allow them to feel confident with their bodies. Some, Gamboa explained, are returning to the nonprofits mentioned to get more bras.
“They don’t have the financial means to buy bras $20“, she said. “Some of them need specialized bras close to $100.”
For those wishing to donate, Gamboa requires larger sizes. She recalled how some women wore washcloths and even torn bras to protect their breasts.
“When you have a good-fitting bra, you behave differently,” she said. “When you’re comfortable with your body, you can move and do things differently. My goal is to help these women feel confident in their search for jobs and new opportunities to help them grow. rise above their current situation.”
For more information, visit https://www.cupsbradrive.com/.
Commitment to Uplift with Purpose and Service (CUPS) was founded in April 2017 by Cynthia Gamboa after a deep life lesson that his mother, Caroline Gamboataught before losing her battle with breast cancer in 2015. By collecting bras, Cynthia wishes to not only honor her mother’s legacy, but also give back to her community and expand across the world.
Recognizing that this particular piece of clothing is rarely donated to shelters, Cynthia sprang into action. CUPS exists to provide women living in shelters with new or gently used bras to make them feel uplifted and dignified.
To achieve her mission and purpose, Cynthia created a volunteer group comprised of board members. They are women who are local leaders, small business owners and professionals in various industries such as marketing, accounting and graphic design. Together, she leads and empowers them to organize annual bra drives in Aurora, Illinois. In her sixth, Cynthia continues to guide and oversee event coordination, relationship management and partnerships with vendors, sponsors and logistical needs at collection sites. For more information, visit https://www.cupsbradrive.com/.
Mary LazzaraJJR Marketing, 630-400-3361, [email protected]