Local organization helping to ease the stress of menses for girls


GRAFTON—Getting your period can be a very scary time for girls, but one local organization is doing their part to help ease young ladies through a new project.

To help make the lives of teenage girls a little less stressful, the Planned Approach to Community Health Coalition (PATCH) of Taylor County has started a new initiative to benefit the Taylor County Middle School: Project Period. 

Patch member Alicia Lyons shared that she came up with the idea after seeing a post on Facebook where someone had taken Ipsy bags and filled them up for the schools. 

“I thought it was a great idea, and it fell in line with the PATCH Coalition’s goals of a healthier community,” said Lyons. “Everyone at PATCH was eager to help and has pitched in most of the donations themselves so far.”

To make the project a success, the organization is collecting pouches like those from Ipsy, Thirty-One, or other similar bags.

“The life of a middle-schooler can often be chaotic,” expressed Lyons. “We don’t want experiencing menstruation to add to that chaos for our kids.”

The bags will be filled with disposable underwear, hygiene wipes, pads, panty liners and tampons to be kept in the nurse’s office at the Taylor County Middle School. Students can see the nurse whenever they are in need.

“The inability to purchase menstruation supplies is also a big problem for some kids in the county, and we want to help, but we cannot do it alone,” she added. “We are asking for donations of any of the above listed items.”

The items may be dropped off at the Taylor County Family Resources office located at 105 Beech Street in Grafton.

“Together, we can make life a little easier for the students at TCMS,” voiced Lyons. “Thank you so much for your help.”

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