This past week, more than 20 United Way Day of Caring volunteers packaged more than 235 feminine hygiene product kits to “Keep Girls in School” by providing much needed period supplies. Each package contained donated products and cosmetic bags from individuals, neighborhoods, and community groups, answering the need for feminine hygiene products that are often too expensive for limited income or homeless women and girls to afford.
Williamsburg House of Mercy executive director, Shannon Woloszynowski speaks to the importance of this project: “When we read staggering statistics about young girls missing school and work each month because of not being able to afford feminine hygiene products, we knew it was a need that could not be ignored. Thanks to the community’s response, we will be able to provide 200 women with a year’s worth of supplies– young girls in school and homeless women.” A large donation of 60,000 feminine hygiene products was made by Sylvia’s Sisters in Richmond, as well.
Williamsburg House of Mercy’s goal is to distribute products monthly at their Mobile Food Pantry and eventually distribute to area school nurse’s offices as well. To support this project, please visit our donate page for information on how to donate, send a check to Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185, or email us to hear about upcoming packaging days at [email protected]