Southeastern North Carolina women team up to “Support the Girls”

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Local Chapter Collects and Distributes Bras and Feminine Hygiene Products to Homeless and Financially Challenged Girls and Women

Support the Girls (STG) is an international organization, which accidentally began in one woman’s basement as a passion project to donate critical items to women in need. In order to make a local impact as a part of this initiative, the Southeastern North Carolina affiliate of STG collects gently used and new bras to be distributed to girls and women who are homeless and/or financially challenged.  On  Jan. 19, 2017, a total of 22,800 feminine hygiene products donated by LOLA- a brand for women, by women- will be distributed locally.

Donations to Support the Girls. (Photo courtesy Support the Girls Facebook page)
Donations to Support the Girls. (Photo courtesy Support the Girls Facebook page)

“Girls and women deserve dignity, no matter their circumstances in life.  The LOLA Company, with their Gives Back program, believes this too.  Support the Girls- Southeastern North Carolina is proud to be part of the ongoing initiative,” said Liz Marmaras, local director of the STG Southeastern North Carolina affiliate. “I try to remind myself every day that ‘No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted’ (Aesop). I want to give back to my community and help promote women helping women.”

Products will be distributed to the following organizations:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (serving Brunswick County, New Hanover County, Pender County, and Columbus County)
Open Gate Domestic Violence Shelter (New Hanover County)
Good Shepherd Home (Wilmington)
Coastal Horizons (Brunswick County)

LOLA offers organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners with no additives, chemicals or dyes, delivered in customizable shipments right to your door.

Support the Girls donations. (Photo courtesy Support the Girls Facebook page)
Support the Girls donations. (Photo courtesy Support the Girls Facebook page)

“Shelters for homeless women often don’t stock the feminine care products that are everyday necessities, meaning the women who rely on these services have no one to ask and nowhere to turn,” said LOLA Co-Founder and Co-CEO Jordana Kier. “As a company for women, by women, we knew this was a problem we wanted – and needed – to help solve. We’re honored to partner with Support the Girls to provide feminine care products to women in need.”

“Items like bras and menstrual hygiene products are small luxuries most women take for granted, but can be some of the most challenging items for women in need to obtain,” added Dana Marlowe, Founder of Support the Girls. “Often they do not have access or cannot afford these items. We are grateful that with the help of our 47 chapters in the U.S. and globally, including our Edwardsville affiliate, and through our national partnership with LOLA, we’ve made an impact by collecting and distributing over 85,000 bras and 300,000 feminine hygiene products to homeless girls and women.”

About Support the Girls

The Support the Girls campaign, within its parent organization For the Girls, Inc., a 501(c)3, is a national clearinghouse that provides guidelines, resources, and support to individuals and organizations to assist in collecting bras and menstrual hygiene products to donate to homeless shelters for women in need.  Additionally, through its national platform and infrastructure, Support the Girls leverages its network of 47 affiliates and partners to raise awareness of the need for these important feminine issues.

To find out more about Support the Girls, including how to donate and get involved, please visit us online at http://iSupportTheGirls.org. You can also find us on Twitter at @I_Support_Girls and on Facebook at @SupportTheGirlsandWomen.

About LOLA

Founded in July 2015 as a modern approach to feminine care for women, by women, LOLA is transparent about what’s in your product. Made from organic cotton with no additives, chemicals or dyes, LOLA tampons, pads and liners provide superior protection and are delivered in customizable shipments (choose the absorbency breakdown of each box, number of boxes and frequency of delivery) right to your door. LOLA gives women peace of mind about what they’re putting in their bodies.

To find out more about LOLA and our give back program, please visit us online at www.mylola.com. You can also find us on Instagram at @lola, on Twitter at @mylolatweet, and on Facebook at @lola.

-Content provided by Support The Girls, SE NC Chapter

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