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Maplewood/South Orange Community Mobilizes for ‘Girls Helping Girls Period’

The saying “It takes a village” was proven true in force this weekend, when scores of volunteers came together to help local non-profit Girls Helping Girls. Period process its largest donation ever of feminine hygiene products.

Girls Helping Girls. Period (credit Joy Yagid)

GHGP is a family-run organization in South Orange that collects donations and offers a years’ supply of feminine hygiene products to the women and girls it helps. They collect products and monetary donations at parties and fun events they host.

Edgewell Personal Care donated 330,000 feminine hygiene products to GHGP — the largest donation the organization has yet received — and volunteers showed up before dawn on Sunday to help unload the boxes for distribution.

In addition to more than 40 volunteers, the township of Maplewood, local merchants and realtors, and the local police all had a hand in helping with the donation, 1,728 cases, said GHGP founder Elise Joy.

Girls Helping Girls. Period (credit Joy Yagid)

Here’s a roster of everyone who pitched in:

  • Carlo Caparruva and Reed Kean of Keller Williams arranged the donation of the storage space
  • More than 40 volunteers showed up before dawn to unload the trucks.
  • Equipment was donated by King’s Supermarket
  • Photographer Joy Yagid showed up at the start to capture all the fun
  • Bagels and coffee were donated by Cyndy Wyatt, board member at the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
  • Maplewood Police Lt. Kevin Kisch arranged to have the street secured so volunteers could get to work early

“This was a great day for Girls Helping Girls. Period. not only because of this amazing delivery, but because our whole community rallied around us to make this happen,” said Joy. Her husband Rick’s softball team, the Aging Bulls, were represented, as was Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, the Joy family’s synagogue.

Girls Helping Girls. Period (credit Joy Yagid)

“There were teens from our middle schools and high school, the owner of Fringe Salon where we all get our hair cut, and a few people we met for the first time, at the crack of dawn,” said Joy. “The women and girls who receive these products will be grateful, of course. But so is the Girls Helping Girls. Period. family, who is so fortunate to live in such a generous community.

The work has just begun. All of the products will be repackaged for distribution to our clients at schools, food pantries and social services agencies. We would love help and are happy to have individuals or groups work with us.”

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