What’s in Store: Downtown Langley bras helping women in need

They’re after my bras, and yours, too.

Sonya Perkins has been operating Forever Yours Lingerie in downtown Langley for almost two decades, and has found an interesting and different way to give back.

I’ve recently learned that through the years she has received countless one-off requests for undergarments. Those requests have come from various people (ie social workers) and organizations asking Perkins to help people in need – that has included women whose homes were destroyed by fire, and new teenage mothers in desperate need of nursing bras.

It was this need in the community that prompted Perkins to create a new charitable initiative called Supportive Start, and she and her team are currently running a bra drive aimed at collecting new and gently used bras of all sizes.

“Through our Supportive Start initiative, we will be better able to direct resources to those who need it,” Perkins said.

Donations can be dropped at Forever Yours at 20460 Fraser Hwy.

And, to mark the launch, Forever Yours is hosting Ooh LaLa, a Lingerie Fashion Affair on Friday, May 23 at Cascades. The event will be hosted by Dawn Chubai and include burlesque performances by Burgundy Brixx, a themed runway fashion show, and pop-up shop to raise funds for Supportive Start.

To learn more, people can visit, wwwForeveryourslingerie.ca.

History pays

The Hudson Bay Company holds an important spot in the Langley history books, so when I heard about The Bay reaching out and rewarding local students, I thought that kind of cool.

The company, celebrating its 344th birthday, invited classes across the country to take part in an online scavenger hunt. Younger kids were asked questions about the fur trade and exploration, while older kids were asked about business and entrepreneurship.

Aldergrove Community Secondary took home top prize in the senior category, winning $500 cash, as well as heritage books and resource materials. Kudos kids, way to go!

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