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'Undie Sundays' Expands Throughout Fairfield County

Lucy Langley, of The Undies Project, delivers donations from Undie Sunday to Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.
Lucy Langley, of The Undies Project, delivers donations from Undie Sunday to Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Submitted

COS COB, Conn . -- Undie Sundays are becoming a regular thing.

It's all part of a donation drive by The Undies Project, a two-year-old Cos Cob-based non-profit that collects and distributes new, unused men's, women's and children's underwear to those in need (go HERE for earlier Daily Voice story).

As a relatively new organization, The Undies Project hosted its first Undie Sundays in May 2016 -- and only in Greenwich. They received 1,443 donations.

Now, they've expanded to Darien, Stamford and Westport and are reaching out to more churches and synagogues in other towns to help.

As part of their second donation drive, Congregation Shir Ami, First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, St. Catherine’s of Siena, Diamond Hill Methodist Church, First United Methodist, Holy Trinity, and St. Saviour’s in Greenwich participated in Undie Sundays. In Darien, First Congregational Church got involved, while St. Luke’s participated in June. In addition, Christ & Holy Trinity in Westport helped as well.

As of now, Undie Sundays has received 2,272 donations of new and unused underwear.

And more are to come: First Congregational Church in Stamford will hold its Undie Sunday event on August 27 and will have sundaes after the service.

"We love the way the churches and synagogues really got behind Undie Sundays", said Co-Founder Lucy Langley.

"It is not always an easy subject, but they found creative, and fun ways, to bring it to the attention of their congregations. They really helped to open up the discussion about the tremendous need for new underwear for those less fortunate, for whom underwear is a necessity, not a luxury."

Added Co-Founder Laura Delaflor: "We can't thank everyone enough for their support this year; the congregations were very generous in the amount of product they donated."

Currently, The Undies Project is working hard to help donate underwear to Neighbor to Neighbor, Kids In Crisis, Inspirica, Open Door Shelter, Homes with Hope, Project Return, Clothes to Kids of Fairfield County, Person to Person, Kids Kloset and Pacific House.

Go to www.theundiesproject.org for more information.

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