feminine hygiene products donated
other personal hygiene products donated
Our mission is to empower women, girls, and nonbinary individuals by providing them with resources, supporting & enabling them in today's society, and overall celebrating womanhood.
We began our work for women and adolescent girls in Orange County in 2020 at the Orange County School of the Arts. Since then, we've donated over 29,000 feminine hygiene products to tackle period poverty to shelters/organizations like OC Rescue Mission, Thomas House Shelter, Friendship Shelter, WISEPlace, KidWorks, and Mary's Kitchen, as well as 3,000+ personal hygiene products.
As a team of young women ourselves, we understand how something as simple as a pair of earrings can make a girl's day. That's why we've also donated special gift packages with butterfly earrings, scrunchies, and lip balms to let women and girls know they're beautiful and deserve to take care of themselves.
This year, we hope to finish distributing and donating products we've collected in the past year along with the period brochures/kits. But we also would like to expand our digital reach. We're making plans to focus on our audiences through social media and through adding new initiatives and sections to our website. We want to spotlight the voices of WOC by promoting their art, writing, and other methods of expression.
In the future, we hope to extend our reach and mission, finding new ways to support girls and women. Thank you for your support!
raised to combat period poverty
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO - PERIOD POVERTY
This is the potential life of a girl experiencing period poverty.
WE CAN PREVENT IT.
A girl can get her period for the first time at 11 years old.
If she can't afford menstrual products, she may begin to stay home from school once a month during her cycle.
Without an education, it will be even more difficult for her to obtain what she needs, and she may need to resort to drastic and even dangerous measures to get what she needs to survive.
With this comes the risk of serious health problems that can land her in the hospital or worse.
IMPACT ON EDUCATION
She will start missing out on important lessons that will just continue to add up, and at one point she might decide to drop out of school altogether because the gap is now so large.
Many women and adolescent girls end up resorting to newspapers, socks, makeup pads, and rags once a month because they can't afford to buy pads from the store.
They are faced with the decision of either having a meal or taking care of their body's needs. It's a humiliating, and unfortunately, necessary choice.
Homelessness is a huge problem in itself, but for women during the menstrual cycle, it's a thousand times worse.
In severe cases, a woman will have to use plastic bags she finds floating around in the streets—anything to staunch the flow because she only has one outfit, and that's the clothes on her back.
Why should women have to pay for a basic human need? If they can't afford a box of 50 pads for $15, how will they be able to afford the serious infections and even a trip to the hospital that is sure to come later?
The average woman will face at least 400 periods in her menstrual lifetime.
Food is among the most donated items to homeless shelters but period poverty is often overlooked.
Periods are natural and both the mental and physical effects of not being able to take care of your menstrual cycle can be extremely harmful.