Next time you stop in at Bitter+Sweet for a treat and a latte take along a brand new pair of underwear. Underwear? Sound odd? Not as long as there is a donation box for The Grateful Garment in the shop.
The Grateful Garment is a nonprofit group that provides the basics for sexual assault victims who may be left with nothing but a paper examination gown after an exam at the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facility at Valley Medical Center. The SART exam requires victims to give up their clothing for forensic evidence, which means some victims are left with nothing to wear home.
The Grateful Garment provides items such as clothing, toothpaste, shampoo and more for victims, and now thanks to an arrangement set up by Robin Hurwitz and Bitter+Sweet owner Janice Chua donors can drop off needed items at Bitter+Sweet for the next week.
The items on The Grateful Garment’s wish list include:
- Tooth brushes
- Dental floss
- Cotton swabs
- Body wash
- Make-up remover cloths
- Body/Hand lotion
- Lip balm
- Feminine pads
- Shower caps
- Hand sanitizer
- Protein bars
- Tea bags
- Underwear (new, male and female child through adult)
- T-shirts (all sizes)
- sweatshirts (all sizes)
- socks (all sizes)
*Per health code requirements, please donate only new items.
While you’re there splurge a little and sit down for a cup of Humphrey Slocombe ice cream, say Sweet Summer Corn or Tahitian Vanilla, or maybe the crowd favorite Secret Breakfast.
For more information on The Grateful Garment visit www.gratefulgarment.org. To see the full menu at Bitter+Sweet, visit http://www.bitter-sweet.com. Bitter+Sweet has ample parking outside and in an attached garage. It is located at 20560 Town Center Lane, just off of De Anza Boulevard behind .