Hi all you Days for Girls volunteers! We have some important info to impart.
The Missoula DFG Club has gained so many new volunteers that they need a larger space to meet! So, beginning Monday, June 6th, all DFG meetings will now take place at Make it Sew on the first Monday of every month from 2 to 5pm.
Read on to learn more about this amazing non-profit!
Days for Girls
Days for Girls International is a non-profit organization that seeks to end Period Poverty across the globe. For many young people who menstruate, the difference between getting an education and dropping out is a reusable, menstrual hygiene kit. Days for Girls has clubs of volunteers all across the world, who gather to make reusable menstrual kits – pads, liners, a waterproof shield, etc. – for women, girls, trans, and nonbinary folks in need.
Missoula’s club is headed by Dr. Jen Elison and Keesha Cain!
Don’t scrap your fabric scraps!
Co-organizers of the Missoula DFG club, Jen and Keesha are always in need of double brushed cotton flannel and quilting cotton in colorful, cheerful, stain-hiding patterns (see the chart below for fabric color/pattern criteria) to make high-quality, reusable feminine hygiene kits. Cotton pieces must be at least 5 X 5 inches, flannel must be at least 9 X 9 inches. (Bed sheets are not durable or strong enough and can’t be used.)
Additionally, small hotel-sized bars of soap are included in each complete kit. So, if you’re cleaning out your bathroom and you’re wondering what to do with your stockpile of small bar soaps, keep Days for Girls in mind!
Fabric color/pattern criteria
Because these kits are distributed globally, certain fabric patterns need to be avoided. Here is a list of fabrics that CANNOT be used in kits:
- Prints with face/eyes such as animals, fish, people, etc.
- Insects or snakes (butterflies are OK)
- Solid saffron/yellow fabric. (This color is sacred in many cultures.)
- Cartoon/TV/pop culture/National flags/words/glam fabrics
Volunteers are always welcome. Jen and Keesha host a meeting on the first Monday of every month at Make it Sew in Missoula, and they hope that you’ll come on by! To learn more about which fabrics you can and can’t use – and to learn more about Days for Girls in general – watch Maisie’s interview with Jen Elison, and contact Jen & Keesha at [email protected]
Thank you, thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness!!