Sixteen third-graders - fifteen boys and one girl - met Oct. That girl, Molly Biewen, 8, is one of the first girls in Cedar Rapids to the Boy Scouts of America, after the organization announced last year October it would start admitting girls into is ranks. Council scout executive Sarah Dawson said about girls have ed up since the Hawkeye Area Council started taking applications in mid-August.
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But these reusable items are deed to last for two to three years, providing a cloth shield that snaps around panties, and is deed to hold absorbent cloth liners. Mollenhauer, who has volunteered with the chapter since its founding intried working the connections she made through taking the kits to alternative gift markets, but she didn't get much of a response from organizations she described as 'helping people get back on their feet. Veronica Lorson Fowler.
And even though she's not sure what she'll study in college, possibly communications or business, she plans to keep giving back to her community, an ideal nurtured through scouting. But volunteers don't need to attend the workshops - or even know how to sew. Mollenhauer's group shut down for just a couple of months.
It has restarted, meeting twice a month, on a Thursday and Saturday, for kit-making workshops at Cedar Hills Community Church in northwest Cedar Rapids. Lori Erickson. Her efforts have been rewarded with Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award. She performs the non-sewing tasks, and lets the experienced seamstresses work the machines.
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After making many kits herself, Bowersox developed a program for other local Girl Scouts to continue filling supply needs from these organizations. Britt Bowersox of Cedar Rapids earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by teaming up with Days for Girls to promote, make and distribute menstrual kits to local organizations serving girls and women in need.
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Log out. The reward runs both ways, not only for the donors and volunteers, but especially for the recipients at home and abroad. Even though her focus is local, Bowersox has garnered interest on the national Girl Scout level. Katie Mills Giorgio. Bowersox hasn't made a kit from start to finish by herself.
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Diana Nollen Elijah Decious. Courtesy of Britt Bowersox. AP News Aug. Kat Russell Crime and Courts Aug. Trish Mehaffey Crime and Courts Aug. Rob Cline Books Aug. Lori Erickson Travel Aug. Advertise with us Privacy Web Accessibility. She was notified via Aug. She's not sure if she'll get to attend a ceremony in the future, but that's not what motivated her quest. Days for Girls has been making and distributing reusable cloth menstrual kits sincebeginning in Kenya, and expanding to more than countries. There's so much more meaning and thought behind it.
Erin Owen. Related Stories. Girl Scouting has given Bowersox confidence, as well. More Stories.
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When she began volunteering with the Cedar Rapids Days for Girls chapter, she discovered that some of the volunteers were interested in distributing the menstrual kits locally, not just overseas, so that's the avenue she decided to explore. According to Daysforgirls. Elijah Decious.
The hope is that menstruating females can reclaim the days each month that they may have to stay home from school or work, or in some cultures, live in isolation during their periods, for lack of menstrual care products. Ogden K. Pilcher Leah Vann. Daily Newsletters.
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The Xavier High School senior ed up with the Cedar Rapids chapter of Days for Girls to not only help make and distribute menstrual kits locally, but also to create instructional videos and a service patch project for other Girl Scouts to earn while volunteering for the cause. It's an odyssey that began with Daisy scouts in first grade, and will end when she graduates from high school.
The colorful kits also include a plastic bag to hold soiled items for washing, as well as a washcloth, soap, panties and pictorial instructions - all tucked inside a drawstring bag. Other steps not requiring a sewing machine can be done at home or in the workshops, too, such as cutting the fabric, attaching the snaps, heat-sealing the ribbons and threading the ribbons through the tote bags. Crime and Courts Aug. On Iowa Politics Aug. Trish Mehaffey. But what if a menstruating girl doesn't have the resources to prepare for her most basic feminine hygiene needs? Daily News Podcast Daily Newsletters.
While so many activities screeched to a halt during the early months of the pandemic, the need for the kits didn't stop. But what about the need at home, right here in Eastern Iowa? Community Aug. News Aug. Kat Russell.