The Rapid Re-accommodation Welcome Centre received a ‘pant-tastic’ surprise last month when ‘Smalls for All’ founder Maria Macnamara popped in to donate a whopping 600 pairs of new men’s boxer shorts for some our service users. 

Maria herself, started up her charity in a shed in her back garden nicknamed the “Pantagon” where she stored bras and pants in Ikea boxes. It was then a post of hers on Facebook went viral and she suddenly began to receive more donations to her home address than the whole of the rest of Livingston. Livingston council and the Post Office had to find her premises just so they could cope with her mail! Since then she has had to give up her job to run the charity full time and has even been awarded an MBE!

Ruth Longmuir, Manager of the Welcome Centre said:

“We were delighted to receive this generous donation of pants from Smalls for All which will directly benefit our guests at the Welcome Centre.  Clean underwear is something that most people take for granted but is far from certain for many people who are homeless.  At the Welcome Centre we aim to take care of people’s immediate needs including shelter, food and clothing, as well as assisting them with their housing situation and moving on to more appropriate accommodation.”

Reiterating the need for clean underwear for those who are most vulnerable this winter, our friends at Central Church in Edinburgh have launched ‘Project Pants’, a campaign to donate 82,100 (The estimated number of people who will be living in poverty in Edinburgh by Spring 2021) new and good quality underwear – pants, socks and bras, to those who need it across the city.

They have a number of drop off points around Edinburgh where you can donate new underwear. For more information head to: https://www.centralchurch.co.uk/projectpants/

You can learn more about Smalls for All at: http://www.smallsforall.org/