International Philanthropic Movement "Days for Girls" Coming to Kent State Fashion School
The international philanthropic movement “Days for Girls” is coming to the Kent State Fashion School in conjunction with the Kent State University Women’s Center.
Days for Girls will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Terrace Hall (125 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio), from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., and aims to put together at least 100 packages of products that will provide girls living in Somalian refugee camps with sustainable menstrual care solutions. The products that are created and collected will allow girls to have consistent participation in school and their communities.
The event will feature a temporary sewing factory titled “Sew and Celebrate”; a sew-a-thon consisting of Fashion School students, faculty, staff, and members of the Kent community, in which they spend the day creating sanitary products. No sewing skills are needed to partake in the event; all skill levels are welcome to participate. Fashion School faculty members will be on hand to assist. The organizers are hoping to bring together at least 100 volunteers from the Kent State community and beyond.
The Fashion School faculty director for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Dr. Tameka Ellington, hopes that this event will be the start of an annual tradition for years to come. “With this philanthropic movement, we’re hoping to create a KSU tradition in helping young girls all over the world. With our inaugural Days for Girls event, we are hoping for 100; one-hundred volunteers and one hundred packages,” said Ellington.
In addition to sewing together sanitary products, the organizers are also hoping to collect an assortment of products to be included in the packages such as: small hotel size soap, washcloths (medium and dark colors), Zip-lock gallon-size freezer bags (no zipper slider), girls cotton brief style underwear (medium and dark colors, no prints). Donations of fabric for the event are also being accepted. Materials consisting of 100% cotton quilters fabric, 100% flannel and 100% polyester thread are needed. There is currently a donation drop in the Rockwell Hall Atrium and in the KSU Women’s Center. Donations can be made through March 2.
Those who are interested in volunteering for the event, can register online at https://goo.gl/vyyEB2
About Days for Girls International
Days for Girls is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a free, dignified and educated world by providing access to sustainable feminine hygiene solutions and health education. Since 2008, Days for Girls has reached over 300,000 women and girls in over 100 countries. Through the program, women and girls discover their potential and self-value. They are given opportunities to thrive, grow and contribute to their community’s betterment, while also insuring access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene for other women and girls in their communities. For more information about Days for Girls, please visit www.daysforgirls.org
- Dr. Tameka Ellington, Fashion School faculty director for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-672-4646
- Cassandra Pegg-Kirby, Women’s Center directory of diversity, equity and inclusion, email@example.com, 330-672-9230