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Project Red: Menstrual Products Period.

By May 27, 2020May 29th, 2020No Comments

Girls Inc. of the Valley Launches Project Red to Provide Girls with Essential Wellness Supplies

Girls Inc. of the Valley is looking to the community for support as they launch Project Red on Menstrual Hygiene Day to collect donations of essential wellness supplies that will benefit girls in the Valley. Project Red’s mission is to supply 500 girls in the Valley with a 4 month supply of menstrual products.

Project Red will host a supply drive on Menstrual Hygiene Day, May 28th, 2020, in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Access to essential menstrual products has been challenging due to COVID-19, as many
girls relied on schools or after-school programs for their menstrual product needs. Many families are having to choose between purchasing these products or purchasing food. Girls Inc. of the Valley is looking to the community to help lead the charge in supporting girls in our community by encouraging the creation of fundraising pages, donations of supplies, and help spreading the word across social platforms. They will be accepting donations of a variety of new and unopened products: toothpaste, body wash, bars of soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, menstrual pads with wings, monetary gifts. They have received support for Project Red in the form of a $1,500 grant from Health New England, a non-profit health plan serving Massachusetts.

Donations will be accepted at the Girls Inc. of the Valley headquarters at 6 Open Square Way in Holyoke, MA, on May 28th from 12-6 p.m. They are offering contactless, curbside drop off. A monetary donation or creation of a
fundraising page can be made by following these simple steps:
1) Visit https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/project-red
2) Select “make a donation” or “start fundraising”
3) Follow along the step by step instructions to create your fundraising page

“As Girls Inc. of the Valley staff members continued to reach out to our girls, the need for menstrual products became abundantly clear,” said Suzanne Parker, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Valley. “We are launching Project Red to ensure girls in the Valley have access to these essential products, and we invite the community to join us in our efforts. Health New England, an amazing community partner, has already stepped up to provide a $1,500 grant to support Project Red.”

Project Red is an initiative that directly aligns with Girls Inc. of the Valley’s healthy sexuality curriculum and mission to inspire and prepare all girls to develop and achieve their full potential, and that begins with putting their wellness needs first. All partners understand how important it is for Girls Inc. of the Valley to be there for girls right now, especially during trying times due to COVID-19. The role of the community is vital. Girls Inc. of the Valley is asking if
you can, to participate in Project Red. If interested, or have questions regarding the fundraiser please contact Jessica
Colson at jcolson@girlsincvalley.org.