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Dubuque church collects underwear

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The undergarments will go to the Dubuque Rescue Mission and the Teresa Shelter The undergarments will go to the Dubuque Rescue Mission and the Teresa Shelter

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- St. John's Episcopal Church collected undergarments for two local shelters.

Members of the public and parish dropped off clothes for "Undie Sunday"

"The title is kind of quirky and catchy, and once people thought about it, they thought it was wonderful, just a great idea," church deacon Rev. Diane Eddy said.

She acknowledged under most circumstances, underwear and church, "don't normally go together."

Still, she said, Undie Sunday fit into the church's goal of, "giving back and helping to restore a measure of self-worth in some way, and sometimes that starts on the inside, and on the inside of our clothing is our undergarments."

The idea came from a newspaper article about an East Coast church doing the same thing.

"The idea stuck with me, and it hit a chord somewhere in my heart," Eddy said.

That was about three weeks ago, at which time she started organizing her church's own Undie Sunday.

She placed a notice in the newspaper, and the coincidental placing of the words might have been a bit of divine comedy.

"It was in on this past Monday, listed under community briefs, and it was in again on Thursday, listed under news briefs," she said. "That was not something I had requested, but it stuck in people's mind."

She said these unmentionables are worth talking about.

"It's something that we take for granted. Most of us, anyway," Eddy said, "and some people don't have that luxury of taking it for granted."

On Monday, the undergarments will go to the Dubuque Rescue Mission for men and the Teresa Shelter for women and children.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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