Prom season is underway, which means that high schoolers around the country are putting on their best formal attire, taking photos, buying flowers, eating expensive dinners, and setting out to attend what many view as an essential high school “right of passage.” Yet, as they (myself included) celebrate, hundreds of thousands of women and girls nationally and around the world lack access to clean, affordable feminine hygiene products. Camions of Care is working to change that.
This year marks the inaugural “Period Prom,” a fundraising event hosted by Camions of Care—open to all! The goal of Period Prom is to raise awareness of the widespread need to provide homeless and low-income women with feminine hygiene products and to build support for Camions of Care’s continued efforts to secure and distribute these products.
Period Prom is also a celebration of the success of Camions of Care’s Portland chapter over the last two years as Co-Founders, Nadya Okamoto and Vince Forand, depart for college, with plans to further the impact of Camions of Care nationally. Since its inception, Camions of Care has distributed over 12,000 care packages to women in need, a number that Nadya and Vince hope to grow exponentially.
Period Prom will take place on June 1, 2016 at NXT Industries (1302 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd). If you are interested in attending, sign-up here. Tickets to this fundraiser are $75 and include hors d’oeuvres and two drinks (wine and virgin cocktails).
On behalf of the Camions of Care team, we hope you can join us for this celebration of the impact our organization has made thus far and the opportunities that lie ahead. In a time of the excitement of spring and the glitz of the prom season, we should all do our best to take stock of and appreciate what we have, listen to the stories and experiences of others, and give back whenever possible.