By Sherry Nabbie-Singh
The Girl Up women’s empowerment group has partnered with several organizations, launching a campaign to provide women in need with personal hygiene products.
Organized by 18-year-old Alex Hernandez, the Beauty Initiative and the Tamarac Kiwanis Club, the one-day event was held at Coral Glades High School on April 17th.
Hernandez discovered the need for free hygiene products in his school and began his mission to help his peers. A teacher encouraged her to join the school section of the United Nations Foundation Girl up.
“Period poverty affects every girl in South Florida,” Hernandez said. “Schools do not provide these items and it is not part of the safe sex curriculum.”
Hernandez said in the first year they were only able to stock four classrooms, adding that the April event collected 10,000 hygiene items and counted.
Mayor Michelle Gomez, who thanked Demond Crump, CEO of Reign Premium Sanitary Napkins, and Alex Council, Tamarac resident, for their contribution of 500 sanitary pads, while Megan Davies, trainer and social media influencer, also supported the day event.
All products collected will be donated to the Christmas organization in July which distributes to those in need, especially the homeless.
The hygiene campaign ends on May 17, but donations are still accepted in all organizations involved. Only unopened donations will be accepted on the following sites.
Tamarac leisure park 7501 N. University Drive in Tamarac. Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A donation box will be outside.
Tamarac Community Center 8601 W. Commercial Blvd in Tamarac. To schedule a deposit, please contact Monique at 954-597-3626.
The following schools will accept donations during school hours.
Millennium Collegiate Academy 5803 NW 94th Avenue in Tamarac.
Piper High School 8000 NW 44th Street in Sunrise.
JP Taravella High 10600 Riverside Drive in Coral Springs.
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Self-published author and professional makeup artist residing in Tamarac since 2011. Originally from Trinidad, Sherry graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in English.