P.A.D Project gives feminine hygiene products to women in need

P.A.D. stands for Providing Access and Dignity to women.

Rochester, N.Y. -- Dozens of women at Temple B'rith Kodesh went to work Wednesday, putting together handmade care bags for women in need, helping to provide access to dignity.

“It's just something most of us take for granted, and we don't realize there are women right in our own community who need this," Ellen Solomon, co-president of Sisterhood, one of the volunteer groups making care bags, told 13 WHAM News.

The P.A.D. Project is a project of the National Council of Jewish Women in the greater Rochester area and the Scensible Source Company. P.A.D. stands for Providing Access and Dignity to women. The initiative provides feminine products for those in the greater Rochester area who can't afford them.

“It wasn't on WIC or SNAP,” said Hyla Mink, a volunteer. “Girls were missing school, they were missing work. So we provided these pads since the government wasn't providing any assistance.”

On Wednesday, volunteers with the National Council for Jewish Women spent the day sewing bags. They filled them with feminine hygiene products, chocolate candy, and a hygiene guide.

Last year, they donated 21,000 pads to 30 organizations in Rochester, and support is quickly growing.

“The whole point of P.A.D., which is providing access with dignity, is to not be embarrassed. Nice cloth bag walking around with. No one has to know what's inside,” Kyla Mink said.

“Necessities. They're absolute necessities," said Cathy Schneider, a NCJW board member and volunteer.

The women hope to prepare 150 kits on Wednesday.

You can contact the Jewish Council of Greater Rochester to donate or volunteer.

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