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Mollenhauer, who has volunteered with the chapter since its founding intried working the connections she made through taking the kits to alternative gift markets, but she didn't get much of a response from organizations she described as 'helping people get back on their feet. Daily Newsletters.
She was notified via Aug. She's not sure if she'll get to attend a ceremony in the future, but that's not what motivated her quest. Skilled seamstresses may choose to work at home or at the workshops. The reward runs both ways, not only for the donors and volunteers, but especially for the recipients at home and abroad. Diane Fannon-Langton.
But these reusable items are deed to last for two to three years, providing a cloth shield that snaps around panties, and is deed to hold absorbent cloth liners. Erin Jordan Local Government 45m ago.
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Days for Girls has been making and distributing reusable cloth menstrual kits sincebeginning in Kenya, and expanding to more than countries. It has restarted, meeting twice a month, on a Thursday and Saturday, for kit-making workshops at Cedar Hills Community Church in northwest Cedar Rapids. After making many kits herself, Bowersox developed a program for other local Girl Scouts to continue filling supply needs from these organizations.
Her efforts have been rewarded with Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award.
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Caleb McCullough. There's so much more meaning and thought behind it. Daily News Podcast Daily Newsletters. Your Voices Aug. Rob Cline. The Xavier High School senior ed up with the Cedar Rapids chapter of Days for Girls to not only help make and distribute menstrual kits locally, but also to create instructional videos and a service patch project for other Girl Scouts to earn while volunteering for the cause.
. The colorful kits also include a plastic bag to hold soiled items for washing, as well as a washcloth, soap, panties and pictorial instructions - all tucked inside a drawstring bag. Books Aug. Diana Nollen. Girl Scouting has given Bowersox confidence, as well.
More Stories. A Folience Company. And even though she's not sure what she'll study in college, possibly communications or business, she plans to keep giving back to her community, an ideal nurtured through scouting. Bowersox hasn't made a kit from start to finish by herself.
It's an odyssey that began with Daisy scouts in first grade, and will end when she graduates from high school. News Aug. Katie Mills Giorgio. She performs the non-sewing tasks, and lets the experienced seamstresses work the machines.
But what about the need at home, right here in Eastern Iowa? Diana Nollen Elijah Decious.
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While so many activities screeched to a halt during the early months of the pandemic, the need for the kits didn't stop. Community 3h ago. History Aug. Marissa Payne. Diane Fannon-Langton History Aug. Marissa Payne Local Government Aug.
Gage Miskimen News Aug. Rob Cline Books Aug. Advertise with us Privacy Web Accessibility. Even though her focus is local, Bowersox has garnered interest on the national Girl Scout level.
But what if a menstruating girl doesn't have the resources to prepare for her most basic feminine hygiene needs? I typically compare it to, for example, food insecurity.
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Donations are welcome, as well, from percent cotton and flannel fabric to hotel-size bars of soap people may accumulate as they travel. Britt Bowersox of Cedar Rapids earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by teaming up with Days for Girls to promote, make and distribute menstrual kits to local organizations serving girls and women in need.
When she began volunteering with the Cedar Rapids Days for Girls chapter, she discovered that some of the volunteers were interested in distributing the menstrual kits locally, not just overseas, so that's the avenue she decided to explore. The hope is that menstruating females can reclaim the days each month that they may have to stay home from school or work, or in some cultures, live in isolation during their periods, for lack of menstrual care products.
Other steps not requiring a sewing machine can be done at home or in the workshops, too, such as cutting the fabric, attaching the snaps, heat-sealing the ribbons and threading the ribbons through the tote bags.