GRAFTON, WV- On Wednesday March 4th, a group of students accepted a donation of “period packs” from Only Hope, MN, a charitable organization based in Minnesota, on behalf of the Grafton High School nurse’s office.
Only Hope is an organization that supports others in carrying out community based projects by connecting donors with projects and doing the footwork to bring donations to fruition.
“Typically we work with groups who want to do something, but aren’t sure what or for whom. We help connect them to the project, then we do the shopping, drop off supplies, then deliver the completed project to the intended recipients,” said Melissa Rentz, executive director of Only Hope. “This project was a little different, though, because it was our project, we wanted to do something for the young ladies in Taylor County, West Virginia.”
Rentz shared that she became aware of Taylor County and Grafton High through her employment with Mountain Leverage, a Taylor County based tech company, and her support of Unleash Tygart.
“Unleash Tygart is truly the nonprofit charitable arm of Mountain Leverage,” said CEO of Mountain Leverage, Alex Reneman. “Our company is passionate about supporting the community from which we were built, and I am constantly overwhelmed by the ongoing support of our entire team. Melissa’s passion to help our local youth is just one example of the heart of our company.”
The period packs consist of feminine hygiene products, a hand written note of encouragement, and a little chocolate treat all packed in reusable zippered pouches. Nurses can keep these packs on hand to give out to any student in need.
“We just thought this would be a fun way to support young women in Taylor County, just to let them know that they are loved and cared about,” shared Rentz.