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Local Teens Donate Feminine Hygiene Products

A group of Genesee County teens are raising money to buy menstrual products for low-income and homeless women.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FENTON, Mich. A group of Genesee County teens are raising money to buy menstrual products for low-income and homeless women.

"it's not a privilege it's necessity" 15-year-old Waverly Ritchie says.

Ritchie and Lindsey Gibb helped start the non-profit, Faith in Femininity. The faith-based organization buys menstrual products for women who can't afford them. The teens say they got the idea from a magazine and was inspired to do it locally.

"Pads and tampons should be a right. They shouldn't be a privilege" Gibb says.

On Thursday, with an army of teens, Gibb and Ritchie bagged thousands of pads, tampons and panty liners at First Presbyterian Church in Fenton. They made a total of 181 bags, each with one month of supplies and a bible scripture inside.

The bags will donated to the homeless shelter Carriage Town Ministries in Flint. Gibb says she could see the ladies faces light up when they last donated items.

"I remember one lady, when she opened up the bag she commented to her friend she was like 'did you see how many are in here?' And it just made me smile but it also made me really sad " Gibb says.

Advocates say some women may be forced to make menstrual supplies out of socks and other household items when they can't afford to buy them.

"I've even heard some people say they use diapers. Small diapers" shift manger at Carriage Town Ministries Shyron Thompson says.

It's an uncomfortable topic for some but advocates say all women deserve the dignity of cleanliness.

"I think it something that occurs in nature and I don't think it should be something to be embarrassed about" Gibb says.

The Fenton teens plan on bringing the bagged items to Carriage town Ministries after Christmas. They are hoping to soon expand to other communities in Genesee county. Follow this link if you would like to donate.

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