Sisters Quinn and Emma Joy, who helped launch the “Girls Helping Girls Period” campaign to collect feminine hygiene products for girls and women in need, were honored on Monday night with a proclamation from the South Orange Village Board of Trustees.
With the help of their mother Elise Weiner Joy, the girls began the campaign to collect feminine hygiene products last year. The girls started the project after volunteering for a local food pantry; they were shocked to learn that feminine hygiene products are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better know as the food stamp program.
The campaign was so successful (the girls say they have aided more than 150 young women thus far) that the South Orange-Maplewood School District has since expressed interest in working with the effort. The campaign has captured the imagination of many for filling a need that many had overlooked. Noted Village President Sheena Collum, “This is expanding well beyond the boundaries of South Orange and Maplewood.”
Emma is a 10th grader at Columbia High School, and Quinn is a 7th grader at South Orange Middle School.
Said Trustee Deborah Davis Ford, “It never even dawned on me that this was an issue. I’m surprised that I as a female never thought of that.”
Trustee Jeff Dubowy said found the work of the girls inspiring, and Collum added, “It’s great to see young women making such an impact.”
See the proclamation as part of the Board agenda here.