Mardi Gras is February 25, 2020!!!!!

and we are making plans for our 6th Year! And we are SO EXCITED!!!

How many pair of underwear do you have in your drawer right now? How many bras? When ‘that time of the month’ comes, do you wonder where you will obtain your supplies of pads or tampons? Sorry – if you are a guy and reading this, I dare you to ask your wife, daughter, sister, girlfriend, or mother these questions. A few years ago, I talked with a few women who used to be homeless and spent a lot of time on the street. They wondered about this every day… and every month. Supplies are NOT readily available for women who are homeless or on a low or restricted income. No – food stamps and other resources do NOT cover feminine protection. Read this article…For Homeless Women, Getting Their Period Is One Of The Most Difficult Challenges for more information.

This is a problem that can be easily solved; and we decided to do something about it.  So, here’s the deal. We are going to collect pads, tampons, new bras, new underwear and incontinence pads for women who are homeless or on low/restricted income! Keep reading! MARDI GRAS, where women bare their breasts for beads in New Orleans, is right around the corner. Instead of revealing our breasts, we are going to work at covering some! Join us for MARDI BRAS VA this year!!!

Mardi Bras VA is an initiative of Into The Neighborhood. , a 501c(3) not-for-profit.  It also consists of 100% volunteers!!!  So, all donations go directly to the work of Into The Neighborhood.

Our 2017 Mardi Bras party was a huge success! With an open-house format, folks had the option of coming and going at their leisure…but in the end, most came and stayed throughout the entire event! What a great time of connecting, sharing a glass of wine and some fun New Orleans style munchies…and all for an awesome cause!


Open House Mardi Bras Party

The things you take for granted…

  • quality pads and/or tampons
  • owning a new pair of panties
    • This is a huge luxury while incarcerated! You can be at a constant disadvantage since clothes must be washed by hand and hung to dry.
  • sports bra or any bra are VERY expensive from canteen and are VERY LOW quality. These typically don’t last the duration of your sentence.

These simple luxuries were stripped from me upon my entry into ‘the system’, but my dignity and self esteem were restored through the love of Mardi Bras.  😊

Thank you.

Dignity Restored