Rotary Club of Harrisburg met on the last Monday of January at the Camp Curtin YMCA to assemble period supply kits for Harrisburg students, in a partnership with the Period Project Harrisburg.
Rotary members used an assembly line process to organize sanitary supplies and packed approximately 300 kits for distribution. The kits will be distributed to teens with periods by L.O.O.P.’s after school programs. The hygiene supplies were donated to the Period Project through a donation drive coordinated by the ZONTA Club of Harrisburg-Hershey.
Participating in the assembly line process were Past President Andy Rebuck, Karen Good, Nancy Fodor, Vice President Ellen Brown and President Matt Staub.
This Service Above Self project even caught the eye (camera) of Fox43 news, as well as ABC TV 27.  A segment was aired on both stations numerous times and ABC 27 named the Rotary Club of Harrisburg as the week’s Home Town Heros. Rotary Executive Director Addeline Alaniz Edwards was interviewed.  You can view the coverage at the following links.
As stated by Alaniz Edwards, period hygiene supplies are an expensive need that is often overlooked by social programs. People with periods are often embarrassed to ask for them, and they may miss school or work or even risk their health by following unsafe hygiene practices.
You can view footage from the Fox43 by clicking on this link.
Following is information about the concerns and needs in the United States. 
Facts about Period Poverty in the United States
  • 1 in 5 menstruating teens cannot afford to purchase period products.
  • 4 in 5 menstruating teens have missed class due to a lack of period products.
  • 3 in 5 menstruating teens are ashamed to talk about their periods.
  • 4 in 5 menstruating teens are taught more about frog anatomy than their own anatomy.