Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
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Iowa Artisans Gallery 
207 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Watercolor Painting for a Cause! Free the Girls Fundraiser with Jo Myers-Walker 

During this 3 hour class you will learn how to make original pop-up cards using watercolor paints and cutting techniques. Registration is $30 and all materials are included. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the "Free The Girls" organization. Please see below for more info. *All levels of painters are invited to participate!

More Information about Free The Girls:

Free The Girls offers a wonderful way to connect people with a heart for survivors of sexual exploitation with a tangible way to make a difference. 

Free The Girls is firmly focused on providing a sustainable pathway out of poverty - through entrepreneurship - for women who have been exploited in sex trafficking. Our unique model provides opportunities for survivors to move toward economic empowerment. Your donated bras become the inventory and currency for True Freedom. 

Free The Girls understands that distance from a trafficker is just the beginning of a woman's journey out of sexual exploitation. By partnering with organizations providing reintegration services (psychosocial support, literacy training, education, healthcare, etc), we are able to come alongside to offer a safe and sustainable way for survivors to earn a livable wage

YOUR bras make a tangible impact on her life and the lives of her children. Think about that...your bras become food, a home, things for her house, clothes and education! Something as simple as a bra, that's just hanging out in the back of our drawers, becomes a pathway out of poverty!

The main purpose of hosting a bra drive is to collect Bras. Your bras become the inventory for women formerly trafficked in commercial sex to launch their own bra-selling business in the local markets of Mozambique, El Salvador and Costa Rica. This provides them with a safe and sustainable income – a livable wage - while they are attending to the other areas of their healing process.

So please, accept our invitation and help us collect Bras + Bucks. Let's clean out our drawers and send those bras to Free The Girls! We would also love to suggest raising some Bucks to help offset the expensive costs of international shipping. Free The Girls suggest donating $2 per bra you donate...that's just $1 per cup! They call this the "Bra + Buck" request and I think it’s an attainable way to empower survivors of sex trafficking gain economic independence.

Here are some details to get those Bras + Bucks to Free The Girls:
o Gather bras! ***Please only include new or gently used bras in good condition! 

o Drop bras off at Iowa Artisans Gallery up until November 24th, 2019.

o If you're feeling artistically inclined please register for our watercolor painting class, link above!

o To donate BUCKS you can either include a check (make checks out to Free The Girls) with your bra drop off at Iowa Artisans Gallery OR you can donate securely with a credit card through the Free The Girls website. 

o If you are unable to drop off your bras at Iowa Artisans Gallery and are donating less than 15 bras, there are drop-off locations around the world! – check out the Free The Girls website to see if one is close to you.

o If you don't live close to a drop-off location you can ship your bras directly to:

Free The Girls

1552 Pioneer Trail

Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Thank you so much for joining our efforts and please reach out to us if you have any questions!