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Ombu Salon has holiday feminine hygiene drive


December 12, 2019

This time of year, food drives and toy drives galore tend to spring up. Not that these are not important, but there is a real need in our community that often goes overlooked: Young girls from underprivileged and homeless families in the Edmonds School District are making do without items that many women find to be a monthly necessity.

Once again, Ombu Salon + Spa wants to attention and relief to this problem by hosting a feminine hygiene product drive, through Dec. 31, to benefit the local chapter of Days for Girls. The chapter, headed by April Haberman, collects and distributes disposable feminine hygiene products to the Edmonds School District through a partnership with Washington Kids in Transition, who has established, long-term relationships with the school district, as well as counselors and school advocates.

“The girls mostly prefer tampons,” said Haberman. “Both the school district and Vision House can use them.”

“This drive is meaningful to many women as we’ve all had times when supplies were not readily available,” Ombu owner Beth Sanger. “To have that situation consistently creates barriers to education, participation in physical activities and personal confidence.”

Haberman said Days for Girls, based in Bellingham, provides product to several hundred girls each year on an ongoing basis. It started to assist girls that fell within the McKinney-Vento program, a federal initiative created to provide funds for homeless shelters.

You can drop off donations to Ombu’s new location at 121 Third Ave N. Donations are also accepted online at http://www.daysforgirls.org. Be sure to mention the Edmonds chapter to make sure your donation is earmarked to be used locally.


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