International Paper New Bern Mill volunteers, along with Craven County students, United Way of Coastal Carolina and MOEN volunteers gathered to assemble 500 feminine hygiene (femhy) kits as a part of an initiative to end period poverty in our community.
Volunteers packed kits that included feminine hygiene products from Always®. such as feminine care pads, pantiliners, a floral pouch to store items and a note of encouragement. Kits were then packed into packaging donated by International Paper and will be distributed to schools in the area.
“This was our fourth year packing femhy kits for local schools,” said Catherine Burgess, communications coordinator, New Bern Mill. “Each year, we are told how much of a need there is within our schools for these items. We are proud to provide safe, quality products to help keep girls in school while having a healthy period.”
Period poverty – the lack of access to sanitary products, feminine hygiene education, toilets, handwashing facilities or waste management during a menstrual cycle -- affects more than 40 million women and girls worldwide. This is just one way International Paper is dedicated to addressing critical needs in the communities where employees live and work by mobilizing its people, products and resources.