Local nonprofit addresses period poverty in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Local nonprofit group A Step to Freedom is within the enterprise of serving to. Regularly, they supply housing and a protected area for folks in numerous phases of their lives and yearly, with their Blessing Bag occasion, they make sure that to handle interval poverty.

“it is important that women don’t have to choose between a meal and a pad,” stated Kenya Croom, CEO of A Step to Freedom. “This is something your period is something you can’t do away with. It is natural, and I just want to support them, I want them to feel loved.”

A examine finished in 2021 by hygiene product model U by Kotex reveals that two in 5 folks have struggled to buy menstrual merchandise. That is a 35% improve since 2018. This Mom’s Day weekend, the group will give out 1,500 baggage crammed with pads, deodorant, toothpaste and extra.

“We’re going to start in South L.A., caravan and handout bags and tell women ‘We love you, Happy Mother’s Day,'” Croom stated. “And the smiles that we get from just giving a bag. It keeps me coming back.”

At Friday’s press convention for the occasion, Congresswoman Maxine Waters stated she appreciates the group for addressing girls’s wants and plans to assist the trigger sooner or later.

“When you have a nonprofit organization, who understands this and said, ‘I know what the system does not do, but I know what we’re going to do’ and they took it upon themselves,” stated Congresswoman Waters.

For 9 years straight, A Step to Freedom has been handing out these blessing baggage. Not solely are they addressing girls’s well being, they’re hoping to ensure nobody feels forgotten this Mom’s Day.

“Empowered, loved, beautiful, not forgotten,” stated Croom concerning the impact she hopes to have. “I hope that at least one person knows that we thought of her and that she feels loved.”

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