Lafayette,LA- If you haven't heard of The Project Purse, now is the time. The project is about providing an embarrassment-free way for girls to have access to feminine hygiene products while at school – and without teachers having to foot the bill.
Feminine hygiene products can be expensive at times, especially for young ladies. Creator of The Period Purse Project, Natalie Watson, wanted to make sure that her niece had all necessities for when she went to school, making her a purse full of items and it grew from there.
"I still had a ton leftover, so I said I wonder if anybody else needs them. I just posted on Facebook and there were so many people who wanted one and then I was like okay if you all want one then you all are getting one,"says Watson.
Knowing that many teachers buy items for their students with their own money and the cost of menstrual products, Watson wanted to make sure that teachers could have the purses in their classrooms. "I really wanted to get them to the teachers. Right now with COVID, I feel the teachers are putting out a lot more cash and money of their own paychecks. With social distancing standards in their classroom. They are still trying to find ways to make everything fun."
With the help of a donation, Watson has made and sent 83 little period purses to seven different schools and doesn't plan to stop there."We are going to try and get a list of the schools where it seems the need is ranked highest to lowest just make sure that we can hit the schools that really matter first."
Lafayette Christian Academy nurse Heather Klock tells me that the school has struggled regularly with young ladies needing the products. With the donation of the purses, the young ladies feel comfortable asking for them at the school. "Our young ladies are able to come to tell me, hey nurse Heather, I need help, and I just hand them a little like a makeup bag. There are no questions. There's no embarrassment for our ladies."
Watson says the overall goal is to get each school set up with bags so that she'll be able to go back and refill them as they are need. She says getting more purses out there for the young women is the goal. If you would like to donate supplies or make a donation you can head over to the period project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thePeriodPurseProject.