Why I Volunteer. A Tribute to My Mom.

My desire to volunteer and help others originated from my childhood, tagging along with my mom when she delivered groceries donated from our church to families in need. It was eye opening for me to see living situations that were different from mine. I saw kids in torn clothing and homes with filthy carpet and holes in the wall.

My mom was a teacher. She taught Adult Basic Education to adults who could barely read, write or do simple math. Every student was different. Almost all of them were poor. But her compassion for all of her students and her desire to see them succeed stuck with me.

As an elementary student, I often tutored my mom’s students during her evening classes and built relationships with some of them. It was then that I learned another valuable lesson — don’t judge a book by its cover. Instead, look at someone’s heart. One kind Vietnamese man who barely spoke English had been an engineer in Vietnam, but risked his life to flee his war-torn country for a better life in America and now washed dishes at a local restaurant to survive. 

Learning from my mom to not judge others and instead have a heart for helping them, especially the underdogs, developed a lifelong desire in me to volunteer. Most recently, our She Supply mission struck my heart because of the stigma still attached to the subject of menstruation and the lack of access women and girls in need have to period products. It’s discouraging to hear that some women have to choose between buying food for their families or buying period products.

That’s why I volunteer with She Supply. To help the underdogs, the homeless and underprivileged women and girls who can’t afford the feminine necessities they need. Wouldn’t you like to help them too?

Our Community Partners

In May 2017, She Supply launched our mission by delivering the first of many donations to Salvation Army – Lewisvlle. Since then, we’ve continued to expand our reach and have added additional community partners. Read more about these agencies and who they serve. See the map at the bottom of this post to view our footprint.

Our Daily Bread – Denton, TX (Denton County)

www.ourdailybreaddenton.org

Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen operating out of Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in downtown Denton, TX. This organization offers counseling, a clinic, clothing and meals to community members in need. What She Supply donates – Our feminine hygiene product packs benefit their women clients.

Denton County Friends of the Family – Corinth, TX (Denton County)

www.dcfof.org

Denton County Friends of the Family is the sole provider in Denton County of free outreach services and a protective residential shelter to those affected by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. DCFOF serves over 7,000 individuals each year. What She Supply donates – Our donations of feminine hygiene products, bras, and underwear benefit their drop-in and residential women clients.

PediPlace – Lewisville, TX (Denton County)

www.pediplace.org

PediPlace is a pediatric healthcare practice that serves North Texas children (birth to 18 yrs. old) who are uninsured or who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) benefits. PediPlace services include sick and well child visits, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, specialized care referrals, and newborn parent health and child safety education. In 2016, they provided healthcare services to over 6,500 patients. What She Supply donates – Our donations of feminine hygiene product packs, bras, and underwear benefit their teen clients.

Salvation Army – Lewisville, TX (Denton County)

https://www.salvationarmydfw.org/p/locations/lewisville

Salvation Army-Lewsville provides social services and assistance with basic needs for residents of Southern Denton County. Their services include a food pantry, clothing assistance, hygiene packs, snack bags, transportation assistance, employment services, a shower facility for the homeless, and a community kitchen with free lunch offered daily Mon-Fri. What She Supply donates – Our feminine hygiene product packs benefit their women and teen clients.

6 Stones – Bedford, TX (Tarrant County)

www.6stones.org

6 Stones serves the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area and seeks to be a catalyst of hope by bringing together local governments, churches, businesses, schools, and other non-profits to transform their local community through their programs and services. What She Supply donates – Our donations of feminine hygiene products, underwear, and bras benefit New Hope Center, the 6 Stone’s on-site food and clothing pantry where they serve almost 200 women each week.

Community Link – Saginaw, TX (Tarrant County)

www.communitylinkmission.org

Community Link strives to alleviate hunger by providing, at no charge, food and personal care items to individuals and families in need who live in specific zip codes covering 178 square miles in Northwest Tarrant County. Community Link also offers assistance with SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits. Last year, over 10,000 families were served by Community Link. What She Supply donates – Our donations of feminine hygiene products benefit their women and teen clients.

Metro Relief – Dallas / Ft. Worth (Denton, Dallas & Tarrant Counties)

www.metrorelief.org

Metro Relief serves the poor and homeless communities in and around Dallas-Ft. Worth. Staff and volunteers travel in the Metro Relief bus to those in need on the streets. Their goal is to feed those who are hungry, build relationships with those in need, and offer resources including clothing, socks, hygiene items, prayer and encouragement to those in need. What She Supply donates – Our donations of feminine hygiene products benefit the women and teens in need that they meet.

Our girls deserve “Mom Magic” by Kathy Meyer

our girls deserve mom magic

Despite living in Texas all my life, I know only two Spanish words. On my one trip to Mexico, the words — Cerveza & Bano (beer and bathroom) — were sufficient. That changed, however, when my daughter came across tampon instructions in Spanish.

While I was attending a tradeshow in Las Vegas, my daughter’s elementary school principal called. Oh, yay, I thought. The principal said my daughter came to her office after watching the fifth-grade girls’ movie about menstruation.

The tradeshow was noisy, so I kept asking the principal to speak louder. She ended up yelling that my daughter had asked for a free tampon sample with instructions in English. The instructions for my daughter’s free sample were in Spanish. The principal yelled at me to “take her shopping in the ‘girls’ aisle’!”

Once I got home, I took her to the “girls’ aisle” — the feminine hygiene section of the store. My daughter is a big reader, and if she wanted to read tampon instructions, I was all for it. She picked out a few tampon boxes with bright packaging, and more importantly, instructions in English.

She felt more in control and prepared with that one trip to the store. For all women, being “prepared” means having reliable and consistent access to feminine hygiene products. When I was a teenager, my mom would ask me what kind of period products I wanted and they would magically appear in my bathroom cabinet. “Mom magic” I called it. I now realize how blessed, spoiled and ungrateful I was then. Period products are expensive and they don’t appear under your cabinet magically.  Until now, I never thought about not having what I needed during my period.

For the women, especially mothers, who She Supply serves, it can be a challenge to provide their teen daughters with feminine hygiene products when it’s also a challenge to provide food and shelter.

Did you know that one box of tampons costs approximately the same as two gallons of milk?

I remember my mom taught me about faith and that community service isn’t something you make time for with what’s leftover, but integrate into your everyday life. Parenting is hard enough as it is.  Let’s help those mothers fill up their daughters’ bathroom cabinets so they can do their “mom magic.”  Let’s help them provide their daughters with something we often take for granted.

Email us ( Shesupply@gmail.com) for a guide that tells how you can start a provision drive to raise money or collect hygiene products.

There are No Comfortable Problems Left to Solve by Kathy Meyer

Kathy Meyer shares how the willingness to say “yes” led her to establish She Supply.  This post was originally shared on the Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church blog (tmumc.org/shesupply) and we thank them for sharing our mission.

Seek and ye shall find. I have heard that all my life. What I didn’t know was that sometimes the path is hard to see if you’re wearing blinders. It wasn’t until I found grace to let God lead me from within that I understood.

It all started on the Walk to Emmaus. I learned so much, and my prayer life changed. My ability to recognize opportunities changed. It was a few months later on a Trietsch Youth Choir tour that God presented an opportunity.

So there I was on a bus with a bunch of kids on the way to Birmingham. If you don’t know about the youth choir, it is led by Amanda Evans and the trips are full of amazing “God moments.” On the trip, Shari Mayes spoke to me about women in poverty who do not have access to feminine hygiene products — the most basic necessities of being women. “Would you be interested in discussing the idea of doing something like a donation drive?” she asked. Instead of politely changing the subject, I said yes.

One of my favorite quotes is by Pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.:

“God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place, at the right time. God is awfully good at getting us where he wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place. The right time often feels like the wrong time.”

Clearly, on that trip, God put me in the right place at the right time. Shari and I quickly realized that the need for products was bigger than just one donation drive — or even one church. I was overwhelmed when I realized what God had called me to do. With His grace, I didn’t run away.

I prayed. We prayed. Then we took action. We created a board of directors and started building the foundational elements of a nonprofit organization. What I call “God winks” started to happen — a branding agency in New York helped us name our organization and develop our brand identity pro bono, we found counsel to assist with the legal forms to create a nonprofit recognized by the State of Texas, we applied and were granted IRS 501(c)(3) status, we created a website, and we started a social media presence. We launched She Supply, Inc., in May during National Women’s Health Week.

The members of the board of directors are all new to starting and running a nonprofit. It’s been hard — and scary — but I have experienced a new kind of faith, whether it’s meeting the right person to help at the right time or having a problem resolve itself. This entire experience has had God’s fingerprints all over it in some way. I received one affirmation — a God wink or “That’s my girl!” — after another, which made it crystal clear that this is what I was supposed to be doing. I like God winks!

As I look back on my career, education, employers, and network, I realized that God was crafting my resume to give me the experience needed to start a nonprofit. Moving feminine products from a manufacturer to a She Supply benefactor is transportation and logistics. Would you believe that I work for FedEx, the No. 1 transportation and logistics company in the world?

Who am I? I am a believer, member of Trietsch, mom, wife, daughter, employee, Aggie mom (Whoop whoop!), Girl Scout leader, friend, instructor, mentor, caregiver, and the co-founder of She Supply, Inc.

“There are no comfortable problems left to solve. All we are left with are the uncomfortable ones.”
– 
Best-selling author Seth Godin

Our goal is to help women living in shelters, in poverty, or in an unfortunate situation from having to choose between paying for food, rent, or feminine hygiene products. Watch our video and hear how you can impact a woman’s life.

Explore our website to learn more about what we do and join our cause. We are looking for supporters who won’t avert their eyes from problems but rather will join us on our journey to empower women by supplying them with bare necessities.

Celebrating our friends at She Supply by Kathy Meyer

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A year ago, on July 28th, I blogged about one of my best friends, Maria. The blog started with “One of my best friends, Maria, is an executive at a NY Advertising agency. I am very proud of her.  She is one of the smartest marketers I know.”

Writing is hard for me but writing about Maria is easy. The best kind of friendships are the fierce female friendships where you aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world.

I met Maria in the fall of 1997. She was interviewing for a position at the same company I had joined six months before. We sat by each other the first year, while the new office was being built. I was pregnant with my first daughter. I was gaining weight, hormonal, sick and just not “right” but Maria kept talking to me. We became friends.

Over the years, our friendship has included corporate layoffs, losses of our beloved Dads and currently caring for our Moms. Maria is affectionately referred to as “Aunt Maria” by my girls because she deserves the title. I want my girls to know strong and smart women. It’s important to me to help them establish their network at an early age.

Maria is a big advocate for rescue pets and especially Chihuahuas. Truth be told, she has her own Chihuahua “rescue” with four full-time furry babies. It all started with Pedro, but that’s another story.

Maria and I are now working together on the Board of Directors for She Supply, a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene products and undergarments for underprivileged women. Maria knows my heart and can read my mind at times when I can’t find the words. I trust her judgment and rely on her expertise. I wish everyone had a best friend like her.

On this, Best Friends Day, I am reminded of Maria and of one of my favorite quotes from Shauna Niequest, the author of Bittersweet: Thoughts On Change and Grace. “I believe deeply that God does his best work in our lives during times of great heartbreak and loss,” she says. “And I believe that much of that rich work is done by the hands of people who love us, who dive into the wreckage with us and show us who God is, over and over and over.”

As we continue reaching out to help women suffering from a history of violence, a lack of self-esteem, a legacy of homelessness, we invite you to come dive into the wreckage with us. To make a difference in the lives of these women. To make a difference in yours as well.

Email us questions to Shesupply@gmail.com

What is She Supply? by Kathy Meyer

dallas womens charity

You might be asking, “What is She Supply?” It’s simple: We provide menstrual supplies, undergarments and feminine hygiene products to women-in-need. For a woman facing financial challenges—whether she is homeless, poor, or perhaps leaving an abusive situation—being able to afford the basic necessities of being female can be a challenge. A woman is more likely to do without feminine hygiene products when her children have to be fed, or her last dollar goes to keep on the lights. And, you might not know this, but you can’t buy them with food stamps…

Even in this day and age, speaking about these products may be uncomfortable, and many women are too ashamed to let anyone know of their need. That’s part of the reason these products are some of the most needed items in homeless shelters across the country.

Our goal is to help women that are living in shelters, living in poverty, or due to an unfortunate circumstance, from having to choose between paying for food, rent, or feminine hygiene products.

Watch our new video and hear first-hand how you can impact someone’s life.

Your donation means that you understand just how important basic hygiene products can be to a woman. She Supply, through your considerate gift, will help women regain their dignity, self-esteem, and self-respect.