LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Today is National Period Day. 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income.
Project Marilyn, a local nonprofit, provides feminine hygiene products to homeless women and teens in need.
The charity, which recently began in April 2019, was founded by Wendi Schweigart in tribute to her Mother.
Project Marilyn was inspired by the desire for every woman to have dignity with her period. PERIOD. Feminine hygiene products are the least donated supplies with community giving.
“This project is named after and dedicated to my mom, Marilyn, who passed from cancer in 2011. She was an amazing woman who never realized her own power. She hustled and sacrificed before women were praised for doing so. I miss her terribly and work each day in hopes of honoring her strength, says daughter and Project Marilyn founder, Wendi Schweigart.
“Our mission is simple; tampons, pads and hygiene wipes that are put together in a bag, with the quantity being such that it will last a women her entire cycle. So many other organizations are already giving “hygiene” items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant. We want to stay true to our mission which is to provide menstruation supplies only. We hope that by providing for this specific need, we can support other non profits in their greater mission to better the lives of women and teen girls in our community.”
Project Marilyn has also been named the official Southern Nevada Alliance for Period Supplies and partnered with the national organization, the Alliance for Period Supplies.
For more information on Project Marilyn or how to give or volunteer, visit www.ProjectMarilyn.com.