We have been invited to take part in the Red Box Project. What is the Red Box Project you ask? It is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing red boxes filled with free period products to local schools.
The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young people in their local area access to sanitary products. After reading about ‘Period Poverty‘ in the news, they were concerned by the idea that young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.
The three friends decided to take action and contacted several secondary schools in Portsmouth to ask if a constantly stocked box of menstrual products would be welcomed. The feedback from teachers was that the issue was real and the resource was needed. Recognising that the need was nationwide, they invited individuals from across the country to be a part of this movement and the response was overwhelming. From Scotland to Cornwall as well as overseas, people began to group together, set up Red Boxes filled with tampons, sanitary towels, tights and underwear which were then delivered to local schools. They fundraise, and have donation drives to make sure the boxes never become empty.
On Tuesday 26 February Alice, who volunteers for the Red Box Project, came to meet Mrs Stanislaus and brought a Red Box full of donated products. We are grateful that the organisation approached us to offer us the opportunity of having a box of free sanitary products that will be topped up whenever we need it.
The picture shows Alice from the Red Box Project handing over our very first filled Red Box to our students. To find out more and to make any donations to this worthy project please visit the Red Box Project at http://redboxproject.org/