Too.Apparel on a mission to help women in need

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (WUSA9) -- Tucked along a quiet corner in Alexandria is a home with an unlikely sister circle.

"See if the foxes have eaten any of our stuff," says one resident.

Where the focus is on cultivating life skills that will sustain these women from the inside out.

"Everything from budgeting to how to be a good parent. About 70 percent of the women have children, and may or may not have strong relationships with those children," Kari Galloway says.

Woman who stumbled and lost their freedom are now reclaiming their lives at the Friends of Guest House.

"Lesli," says Galloway, "I want to show you a box that a typical woman coming from prison brings in here."

That box often lacks a key piece of everyday life that most of us take for granted.

"We like those 'cause the no-show-waist," a resident says.

Kevin Goryl is getting used to being the only guy talking about panties with a captive audience these days. The former marketing executive and his wife, Sara, started Too.Apparel where the mission is buy one give one to women in need.

"My wife and I decided that we were not looking to make a million dollars. We're looking to help a million people," Goryl says.

For each $10 pair of underwear that someone buys, another woman in transition gets a free pair. Women, like Amanda, who ended up in prison after stealing to support a drug habit.

"Little things, like underwear, definitely make you feel human again," she says.

Friends of Guest House spends thousands each year to purchase underwear for women who were once incarcerated for non-violent crimes. The center's director, Kari Galloway, says people should know what $10 can do to redirect a troubled life.

"It's about dignity," says WUSA 9 anchor and consumer correspondent Lesli Foster.

Galloway says, "It's about dignity and self respect. Nobody should have to wear somebody else's underwear."

All it took was an idea and a heart to give back to women who have lived through difficult times and want to and want to make a fresh start.

"We found a need in the community, a need we could help with," says Kevin Goryl.

If you'd like to help a women in need, click on Too.Apparel link here, and use the promo code WUSA9DC to get 20% off when shop on their website. The promo code is good through August 31, 3014.


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