The title of this post was the name of the program that two of my co-workers and I put on at Grove City College. Along with trying to recruit Etsy vendors who make reusable pads to donate some of their products, I got to do one of my favorite things…combining my work with the things that I love. So, in this case, helping some teens that are dear to my heart in George, South Africa by doing an all-campus program as part of my work. I love it! One of my co-workers also has a passion to see women have the things that they need for “that time of the month” and it was really fun to partner with her and plan this!
This is the same project that I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about providing reusable pads for the young women in George, South Africa that are a part of LIFE Community Services. Our program consisted of doing a donation drive on campus for disposable products that could be donated to the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, posting some informative posters and information around campus about this need locally and globally along with a sewing day to make reusable pads. A lot of planning and work went in to making all of this happen, but I was pretty excited about the outcome! Our goal was to make 100 reusable pads in one night. We made 119 with plenty of supplies left over to make probably 100 more. We had around 35 female students come and help us trace, cut and sew farbic and batting. A few of them were troopers and stayed almost the entire time!
I was really blessed by what we were able to accomplish this evening and had a blast getting to know students better as we worked. Working together with others for a common cause is always more fun! We listened to some great girl tunes like Katy Perry, munched on homemade cupcakes and worked hard. Thanks to everyone who came to help! Special thanks to Brittany Schmitt, Aimee Lynch, Katie Schulz, Emily Horn and the Sig Thet sorority. We couldn’t have done it without you! If anyone wants to help me make the rest of them, I would greatly appreciate it! I only down two sewing projects in my life and could really use some help!
As for updates on other things, let me give you a quick run down. Maryna DeVries from Life Community Services has asked me to help create a sponsorship program for the children in their organization this summer. One of my current RAs, Bekah Heikes will be helping me with this project as well. We will hopefully be heading to South Africa around June 21st and be returning in the first few days of July. We’re still in need of funds to make this project happen and to get to South Africa. Please pray about giving to this cause and praying for direction for us.
Maryna DeVries and Sally Versfeld will be coming to the United States in just a few days to meet with me to talk about the sponsorhsip project and to get the non-profit for Life Community Services in the United States organized. They will also be speaking at my church in Grove City. If you’re interested in meeting them or hearing more about what they so, let me know. They are wonderful people to know and work with. It’s sure to be a good time!
Please pray for:
- direction for the project and trip this summer
- funding for our trip
- creativity and wisdom to create the sponsorship program