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.
Northwest Missouri State University senior Molly Gardner is a legislative intern in Jefferson City, Missouri, during the Spring term. She’s covering a number of state issues, but in this student television interview, Molly explains the Missouri Pink Tax initiatives related to taxing feminine products.
The interview mentions the role of We Gotchya on campus.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, We Gotchya was presented with a $100 donation from Maryville’s philanthropic group, Today’s Civic Women. We can’t express how grateful we are for not only the monetary donation, but mostly the support for our group.
TCW’s purpose is: To promote community and individual development and fellowship among its members. It supports causes such as Toys for Tots, Camp Quality, and Relay for Life. It’s an honor to be supported by such an established, community-focused group.
Since adding new signs to the baskets, we believe we’re seeing more participation in filling baskets. This change is significant, as it will allow We Gotchya to focus monetary and product efforts on supplying the Food Pantry, helping women at House of Hope Haiti, and supply other Maryville social services, which is our long-term goal.
Northwest Missouri State University’s coordinator of diversity and inclusion, Gabrielle Fields, tells the St. Joseph News-Press why the We Gotchya feminine product supply program is important: “It alleviates the pressure of trying to stay within the time management that we’re teaching the students,” Fields said, explaining that the nature of periods is sometimes unexpected. Students shouldn’t have to get back in their cars, lose their parking place, just to drive home to get a tampon. “We Gotchya!”
Fields continued, “If there’s a sticker on a door, you can go to that employee and say, ‘Hey, you got me?’ and we say, ‘Yeah, we gotchya!’ ”