Lyman Hosting a “Days For Girls” Service Event

LYMAN – Lyman Ward will be hosting a “Days For Girls Event” on Wednesday July 26, 6-8 PM and Thursday July 27, 10 AM-1 PM at the Lyman Ward Building, 119 S Main Street, in Lyman.
We invite women and all girls ages twelve and up to come and spend any time they have throughout these days and times. Please come!!

Day for Girls

Health education is a key component of empowering women and girls around the world. By teaching women and girls about their bodies, they are empowered to take ownership of their bodies, their health decisions, and their lives. Days for Girls provides comprehensive health education on menstrual hygiene, in addition to distributing DfG Kits (washable pads) around the globe.

“We need to do a service project for our next Relief Society extra meeting in July,” commented Linda Chappell. Marielin Van Dyke had the same thoughts and readily agreed. They are Lyman Ward’s Extra Meeting Coordinators for Daytime Relief Society that meets every other month. Marielin knew just what to do—invite her sister, Deanna Hansen, to come.

Deanna lives in Payson, is mother of seven (a yours, mine, and ours family), an ovarian cancer survivor, and a widow; and she is very passionate about Days For Girls. She and Kathryn Boulton are co-coordinators for the Days For Girls Payson team.

What is Days For Girls? It is an International Organization founded by a LDS lady, Celeste Mergens, in 2008. The purpose of the organization is to make reusable feminine hygiene kits for young women throughout the world (the United States included) who do not have access to feminine hygiene products.

The Days For Girls mission is: “Creating a more dignified, free and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. Every girl, Everywhere. Period.”

Why Days For Girls matters: What if not having sanitary supplies meant days without school? Days of isolation? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find, but still miss up to two months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising, but instrumental, key to social change for women all over the world.
You can literally help change the trajectory of a girl’s life by making reusable feminine hygiene kits that will provide safety and dignity to young women in an impoverished area. Each kit will last for three years.

“You can make a difference! You will literally change the lives of the young women that receive these kits,” said Deanna Hansen.

When you change someone’s life for the better, your life becomes better.

Bring scissors, cutting tools, sewing machines and surgers if you have them and want to use them there. Make sure your name is on your tools. Bring yourself and a friend, too. All materials, supplies, projects will be available to work on with the instructions to complete them. If you don’t cut or sew there is still plenty to do. Our goal is to make components for 100 kits.

Some items that we will be working on at the Lyman Days For Girls event are:

Collect fabric and items for kits and money to purchase fabric, cut flannel and drawstring bag fabric, trace and cut the corners of T&T liners (Turn and Top-stitch, T&T is easier to say than those rectangular things), stack serged liners, glue labels on bags, insert drawstrings in bags, sew everything, unwrap soap, cut labels off washcloths, make shield sandwiches, apply snaps to shields.

—Marielin Van Dyke


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