“It’s not fair and unjust that girls and women who are homeless don’t have access to sanitary products”. This was the answer my online bat mitzvah student gave me when I asked her – what do you feel is broken in the world and what would you like to fix? My bat mitzvah student from Baltimore Maryland has never learned about Judaism nor attended any in person or online Hebrew School. Her parents found me online and liked my approach to Judaism and to Bat Mitzvah. They liked that my mission is to help create great human beings using life lessons from the Torah. Not only do I believe in empowering my bat mitzvah students to sing their Torah portion confidently, I believe in setting them up for life to be good and kind people who look for daily opportunities to be kind.
My bat Mitzvah student found the charity – Support the Girls that collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products, allowing women and folx experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity.
A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health. Every woman should have the ability to maintain her dignity. Around the globe this charity is helping girls and women experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, victims of sex trafficking, refugees and evacuees affected by natural disasters.
Support the Girls collects donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads and distributes them to girls and women experiencing homelessness across the U.S. and globally. Bras are considered a luxury and wearing the same bra for years causes health problems. Many times living on the streets means having to decide between buying a hot meal or a box of tampons. No one should have to make that choice!
So far, more than 1,700,000 girls and women have been able to retain their dignity through our product drop-offs.
People experiencing homelessness are stripped of their dignity. People pass them by on the street as if they’re invisible. Every person, regardless of their circumstances, is worthy of honor and respect. We need to treat every human with the respect they deserve. That starts with providing basic necessities for those who lack access or can’t afford it.
My online bat mitzvah student has committed to give a large percentage of her gift money to this worthy cause, she is asking those guests invited to her bat mitzvah to consider making a donation to this cause as well.
CoolCantor Online Jewish education and bar and bat mitzvah preparation is so proud of students who have learned Tikun Olam – one’s ability to help make this world better one kind action at a time.