Living Magazine Winter Living Magazine 2015/2016 | Page 7

DAYS FOR GIRLS The Utah Chapter of Days for Girls had an ambitious goal of creating 1,000 reusable hygiene kits for girls and women in Kenya in one day. Meeting in the multi-purpose rooms at the dōTERRA corporate offices, local Wellness Advocates and employees worked for most of the day to make this goal reality. According to recent USAID statistics, 1 in 5 girls in developing countries who enroll in primary school never finish. They often miss school when menstruation starts, and once they miss a test or important assignment it is difficult to come back. Days for Girls is working to solve this problem by providing girls with washable feminine hygiene supplies that will allow them to leave home no matter the time of the month. These kits have already positively impacted thousands of women across the world, even in the U.S. From cutting out the fabric, to sewing the reusable pads together, to assembling the kit, volunteers came to appreciate just how much these kits mean to girls all over the world. At the end of the day, all volunteer efforts paid off, with a grand total of 1,080 kits made. HOW TO GET INVOLVED In addition to the major corporate-led events, other charitable events that have a positive influence in numerous communities are held by Wellness Advocates from all walks of life. Here are some ideas on how you can make a difference: 1. TEND A PLOT 2. HELP TEACH Tend a plot at your local community garden. Or, get together with your other greenthumbed friends and start one. Many schools, church groups, camps, and more are looking for volunteers to help teach reading or art skills. Make a few calls and see what they need. 4. ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE 5. COMMUNITY CLEAN UP Organize a canned goods drive any time of year, not just during the holidays. Clean up a vacant lot or park to beautify your neighborhood. 3. BAKE If you’re baking, double your batch and take the extra to your neighbors. 6. VOLUNTEER LOCALLY Volunteer at your local hospital, senior center, animal shelter, or other care facility to help those in need. Want to share your experience? Email [email protected] / 7