Revolt Style Studio Supports Bell’s Next Door Program
A recent survey of women, in a large U.S. city, said that they struggle to afford feminine hygiene products. Half of the women surveyed, during the past year, had to choose between purchasing food and period care supplies. Millions of women face this constant struggle. There are two phenomenal women, in our community, helping other women have access to these essential hygiene products.
Jessica Weikert, owner of Revolt Style Studio, and Devon Hornberger, the Assistant Store Manager, realized that there was a need, especially during such a tough year, for a Period Care Supply Drive. During the month of February they collected feminine hygiene products that were donated to Bell’s Next Door Program.
Alfreda, the Program Coordinator, said, “At the Next Door Program we do case management and rental assistance for people experiencing homelessness or near homelessness,” she added, “When we house females, we have a little storage area in the next building, and we are able to invite them to take the stuff they need. We really appreciate being able to do this.”
Jessica, commented, “COVID-19 has hurt people’s finances, and stuff like period care is expensive. So, fundamental services like providing period care supplies for low-income and homeless people in our community is very important for us.”
Devon said, “Menstrual products are not always something that people think about donating, and since there is no official period or diaper bank based in York (to our knowledge), we were very excited to help “fill the gap” with this drive.”
She continued, “In general, COVID-19 has dramatically increased food and housing insecurity; and even though menstrual products can be expensive, they are essential to us – they are not a luxury item. We are humbled to do our small part in making these needs met in our local community.”
Upon reflecting on the donation drop off, Devon, said, “It is great to see how many people supported the drive, but it’s also really refreshing to find points of connection through the conversations that have unfolded about the drive, especially given the isolation that many of us have been feeling due to the pandemic. “
It is this COMMUNITY LOVE and SUPPORT that lifts us all up. We THANK Devon and Jessica for hosting the Period Care Supply Drive and we THANK everyone who donated. When women support each other, when all of us support each other, truly INCREDIBLE things happen.