ASHLAND -- Three Ashland High School students have launched COVID-safe initiative to combat period and hygiene poverty.
In the coming weeks, Alaina Reed, Elyse Reed and Gabriella Eckrich intend to collect bras, menstrual care, and general hygiene products through Her Drive, a nonprofit organization launched in June 2020.
The teens have organized a team of 16 volunteers to collect the items, which will then be donated to Associated Charities and Safe Haven of Ashland.
“We were looking for a way to volunteer with low contact and exposure to other people, and we found this online,” president of AHS National Honor Society Reed said.
Volunteers will distribute flyers to Ashland neighborhoods on Feb. 13 and check back for donations on Feb. 21. They’ll then repeat the process by again distributing flyers on Feb. 27 for another pickup on March 6.
“I think this is the perfect town to do this. There’s a lot of economic diversity in Ashland. There’s people who need help, and people who can help,” Reed said.
“Though it might be uncomfortable to talk about, period poverty is important to talk about and necessary to fight,” she continued. “I knew that it was an issue, but as I was doing more research, I realized how unequal the process can be and how the need for period products is often overlooked.”
Outside of the classroom, Reed is a volunteer with the Ashland Pregnancy Center and a board member for the League of Women Voters in Wayne County.