Maryland woman leads effort to donate bras to homeless women

'Support the Girls' founder Dana Marlowe smiles as she talks with Tony Washington, the assistant sirector of Martha's Table, as she gives him her business card during a donation drop-off on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Washington. Marlowe and a team of eight donated 1,000 bras to the area shelter. Aside from a community pantry and subsidized childcare, Martha's Table operates a thrift shop where community members can purchase clothing and household items at minimal pricing. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman has collected and delivered more than 20,000 new and gently used bras and 50,000 feminine hygiene products to shelters around the country.

Dana Marlowe, a mother of two who works from her Silver Spring home, says she was motivated to donate her own bras following a 35-pound weight loss reduction.

A year ago, Marlowe put out a call to family and friends on social media. The response was so great, she asked her husband to create a website for what she dubbed “Support the Girls.”

Now the non-profit organization boasts chapters in several U.S. cities, Canada, Mexico and Australia, with donations from all over the world.

Marlowe says new partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and corporations, will help bring steady donations for years.

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