Host Lions Makes Generous Donation

Maryville MO Host Lions Donates to We Gotchya
From left: Carolyn Johnson, Deb Toomey, Lion President Joe Baumli, Jacquie Lamer.

There’s not much we can say that would adequately show our appreciation for the Maryville Host Lions club.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, three We Gotchya members presented at a weekly Lions luncheon at Maryville’s Community Center.

Yes, there were probably several people in the room who were a bit uncomfortable. I admit that I was one of them, after all, it’s really only been about a year since I’ve been able to say the words “period” or “menstruation” publicly!

But we found a warm and generous response, sincere interest in our cause, and we heard many personal father-daughter stories.

The Lions concluded their meeting by presenting us with a $500 check! To say we were shocked wouldn’t be accurate. We are beyond grateful!!

Our goal for the lunch was to help eliminate the taboo around menstruation and spread the word that times have changed — students just don’t carry quarters anymore, and when they need supplies, they need supplies. Why aren’t feminine products just made available in restrooms instead of locked in machines students can’t access?

I think the mostly male room not only heard our message, they also showed us that they are completely comfortable making menstruation a topic to discuss over a friendly lunch!

Thank you Maryville Host Lions for your warm and generous support of We Gotchya!

Our friends at Hy-Vee Maryville

 

Where would we be without Maryville Hy-Vee? They graciously host our “That Time of the Month” dinners, the third Wednesday of every month, and they help us get the best bang for our buck when we’re ready to buy product!

This photo shows Carolyn Law, Hy-Vee’s health care area manager, checking us out as we maximize our dollars — this is what $113 bought us: 428 tampons and 317 pads. Average cost = $0.15 per item.

We Gotchya member Jody Strauch will be documenting product usage in the campus Union, our largest distribution outlet. We’ll post again when we have a usage report!

 

We sent 25 period kits to Haiti!

 

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We did it — We gave 25 period packs to Bayo yesterday!!

This Friday, they’ll be on a plane to Haiti and on their way to 25 girls at House of Hope Haiti.

On June 15, Bayo will be back to share with us whatever we need to know to modify future packs. I hope many of you can come to this meeting — it should be really interesting to get direct feedback on how girls in resource-poor Haiti are managing their monthly menstruation with the reusable cotton pads we’ve sent them.

Huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed along the way…

Marla Spire McCrary (pad engineer and Marsha Martin sewing team coordinator), Patty Andrews Holley (pro-level wet/dry bags), Lisa Haidsiak Crater (instruction manuals), Jacquie Steinman-McLaughlin(super-sonic pad material), Kelley Yagel Baldwin (lip balm)

Helen Konstantopoulos (publicity), Terra Feick (treasurer), Carolyn Johnson (social lead), Sara Tompkins (top chef fundraiser), Thuy Copeland (Maryville Board Game Cafe space)

Hy-Vee , A & G Restaurant Fan PageThe Pub and Jeff Zeller(fundraising support)

360 support: Joy DaggsElyssa FordJamie CampbellDeborah Johnson Toomey, Araceli Gonzalez, Sue Nickerson, Jackie Buckley RossAnn HeidendalJody StrauchMegan DeShon-RungeB.k. TaylorCris Lydon JacobsonCara Mattson and Grace Mattson, Children and Family Center and Linda Mattson, Kenna JohnsonEgon HeidendalSteven Eric Chappell, Gabrielle Fields.

New supporters Pat Sinnett Kinman and Penni Dougherty Fox.

… and the many, many basket monitors and others who generously support We Gotchya efforts… 👊

Women helping women…

 

Sigma Kappa tampon drive at Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University’s Sigma Kappa members showing the efforts of their product drive — FANTASTIC WORK, ladies!!

Sigma Kappa, a Northwest Missouri State University sorority, “adopted” the We Gotchya baskets this month, filling them to the brim with tampons pads and liners.

We think this is the perfect way for women to support women. We all know that the old feminine product machines rarely work, and even if they do, who has a quarter with them these days?

The We Gotchya product baskets are intended to be a “take one, leave one” method of supporting one another. And, Sigma Kappa proved that in spades with their support!

Check out all of the product in these photos — baskets across campus were filled to the brim!

Notice that Sigma Kappa made signs to indicate their “sponsorship” of the baskets. We highly encourage this approach — let others know about your efforts and that you, too, have our backs!

The purpose of Sigma Kappa is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.

Thank you, ladies of Sigma Kappa! This project completely aligns with your mission!

“That Time of the Month” Dinner at Hy-Vee

“That Time of the Month” Dinner at Hy-Vee in Maryville
Napkin Holder Promos

Maryville’s Hy-Vee hosts a benefit dinner for us on the third Wednesday of every month, from 5-8 p.m. in the Grill area. Proceeds from the event are donated to We Gotchya efforts.

Of course, we can’t express how excited we are to have the support of Hy-Vee, and especially catering manager Sara Tompkins, who made this all happen.

At the dinners we hand out information cards (below) about our group and answer questions to curious shoppers, men and women alike! We collect product and cash donations, and also serve as a collection point for donations to House of Hope Haiti.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come and see us!

Menstruation Information Card
Information Card Front
Menstruation Information Card
Information Card Back