Valencia’s Girl Up Club hosts donation drive to support local women and children facing homelessness

Valencia High Girl Up club.

Valencia High School’s Girl Up Club recently organized its 2nd annual Feminine Products Drive to collect feminine hygiene products and make hygiene kits to fight period poverty. Led by co-presidents Kaylynn Yune (12th grade) and Tanya Vidhun (11th grade), VHS Girl Up raised over 2,000 menstrual hygiene products as well as dozens of other items including travel-sized shampoos, soaps/body washes, hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and more. The students organized the products into over 200 feminine hygiene kits to donate to Alexandria’s House, a transitional home for women and children facing homelessness and other emergency situations in Los Angeles. 

The club collected donations in a designated box in Valencia’s girls locker room during the first two weeks of November and were amazed by everyone’s contributions. On November 17, club members met after school to sort and package the items into kits. Some club members who participated include students Natalie Tang, Hrutva Patel, Ashley Gee,  Emily Pasillas, Janelle Castellanos, Elizabeth Chan, Carolyn Suh, Harshi Sanghani, Sydney Lee, Erica Tobing, Alicia Ma, Ruth Jacob, Yana Jha, Rini Dagli, and others. 

On November 23, VHS Girl Up members met with other Girl Up clubs under the Los Angeles coalition to drop off the donations at Alexandra’s House. They were given a tour of the home and learned about the ways they support women and children. 

“The event was a huge success and we are very grateful for everyone’s contributions,” Tanya shared. 

Valencia High School students Kaylynn Yune and Tanya Vidhum founded the Girl Up Club during the 2021-2022 school year. Tanya also serves as the president of the Los Angeles Girl Up coalition. Girl Up is a United Nations-based girl-centered leadership development initiative focused on equity for girls and women. 

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