The other charities benefiting from the Holiday Tree collection are: Bearcat Food Pantry, Ben’s Stockings of Hope, Career Closet, and Pay-It-Forward.
A tree-lighting ceremony was held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to kick off the giving season. The Horace Mann Laboratory School’s Bearcat Choir sang the cutest holiday songs, fire pits kept us warm, and we heard from several students representing all the religions on campus: Christianity, Hinduism, Juddaism and Islam.
During the ceremony, the university’s president, Dr. John Jasinski, explained the welcoming atmosphere on campus that’s accepting of all religions. It’s in this open and accepting environment that periods and menstruation are openly discussed at such a ceremony. We Gotchya is grateful for this warm support and openness in addressing menstrual needs on campus.
To kick off the school year in Maryville, MO, Hy-Vee sponsored a “Welcome Back” BBQ, with proceeds benefiting We Gotchya!
Hy-Vee is the center of town, and nearly everyone in a 20-mile radius comes to HyVee to shop and socialize. So, there’s just no better place to have a Welcome Back event!
Maryville residents were extremely supportive of the We Gotchya message. They donated feminine products and cash, and they purchased raffle tickets to win prizes donated by Maryville businesses: A&G, Blue Willow Boutique, Ferlukinat Farm, HOME by Sonya, La Chic and Minnie Lane.
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!
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!