Bras for a Cause helps cancer patients and women in need

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com

Carl's Drug Store has joined the Zeger dental practice as Greencastle collection sites for Bras for a Cause.

The annual project both raises money to help breast cancer patients and provides bras for those in need.

Sponsors give donations based on the number of bras collected, with the money going to the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. This year's sponsors are Greg and Deb Duffey, Keller Stonebraker Insurance, The Crouse Team at Merrill Lynch, Waynesboro Area Lion Lioness Club, Savage Family Pharmacy, Dr. Kirk and Leigh Anne Zeger of Zeger dental and O'Neill Physical Therapy.

CVBCA uses to funds to assist local women with breast cancer through things like gas and food cards or payment of electric and medical bills, according to Rhonda McFarland, Bras for a Cause organizer.

Last year, Bras for a Cause raised $1,475 for CVBCA and more than 1,400 bras were collected.

The new and gently used bras donated in Greencastle will go to Grace's Closet, a free clothing bank at Grace United Church of Christ.

"Heavens, yes, we appreciate it," said Nancy Myers of Grace's Closet. "Last year they went very quickly, they didn't stay around long."

"It's one of those needs you never think of in life, especially as a male," said Pat Fleagle, a Bras with a Cause volunteer, noting there are women in our communities without the means to buy their bras.

Bras collected elsewhere are taken to Waynesboro Community and Human Services, which assists needy families in the Waynesboro Area and Greencastle-Antrim school districts.

This is the first year Carl's Drug Store in Greencastle is serving as a collection site, but it is under joint ownership with Savage Family Pharmacy in Waynesboro, which has supported Bras for a Cause for several years.

"Savage always does it so we decided to do it here, too," said clerk Pam Landis. Nice signs and a big pink ribbon on the door promote Bras for a Cause.

"It's a good cause and I love to have friends pick on me for having a bra box," said Dr. Kirk Zeger, whose wife, Leigh Anne, posts information in all the operating areas and waiting room, has pink shirts for the staff and puts the message out on social media.

Bras will be accepted throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Counting of the bras" is planned in early November.

In addition to Carl's Drug Store, Savage Family Pharmacy and the Zeger dental practice, bras are being collected at:

Here's Looking at You, Chambersburg

New Reflections Hair Salon, Waynesboro

Olde Town Touch, Hagerstown

O'Neill Physical Therapy, Hagerstown

Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center, Chambersburg

Stampin' Up! with Jody Brechbill, Duffield

WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital volunteer office

Waynesboro Area YMCA

For more information, call McFarland at 717-762-8720.