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Feminine products center of campaign for women

Students on campus now have the opportunity to give back to women in the community who are in need.

Keep It Flowing is a new campaign on campus that is working to collect feminine products for women in the community who cannot afford them.

The purpose of the campaign is to create awareness of a need that is hidden due to the stigma that comes along with menstruation and address it, Jessica Bellomy, Vice President of Service for the Panhellenic Council, said in an email.

Arpan Yagnik, a graduate student at the University, started the campaign and reached out to the Panhellenic Council.

“He is very inspiring and has such a passion in this area,” Bellomy said. “I couldn’t help but be excited myself!”

The Panhellenic Council got involved with the campaign in September of this year.

“We have far more families in the Bowling Green community that struggle to get by,” Bellomy said. “No one even stops and thinks about what women who cannot afford feminine products do to help themselves.”

The products that are donated to the campaign come from students. Each chapter of the Panhellenic Council collected products from other members over a two week period.

“We have currently collected 5,929 items to donate to Keep It Flowing,” Bellomy said.

The products are later donated to the Women’s Center on campus.

Some students think that this campaign is an important thing on campus.

“It’s important because people should be able to access to those types of products and any other products they need,” said junior Jacob Moore.

Other students also agree that the campaign is a good idea.

“I’m glad that people are trying to raise awareness about things like this,” said junior Nichole Kroggel. “I couldn’t imagine not having those products.”

Those involved in the campaign are making efforts to keep it going.

“The goal is to get the momentum going and make it a long-term and sustainable project,” Bellomy said. ”Arpan will only be here for so long, as will I as the VP of service, but the need is always going to be there.”

The Women’s Center on campus will be taking over the project. They currently play a huge role in the project, so it will be a smooth transition, Bellomy said.

Anyone who would like to be involved with the campaign can contact the Women’s Center for more information.

“It is a fantastic initiative and one that Arpan, the Women’s Center and all of those participating have worked very hard on,” Bellomy said.

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