"Can’t you just feel the positive energy in this place?"

Bonnie Zorc, chairman of the Canton/Massillon chapter of Days for Girls International, was enthusiastic about the turnout for a local Days for Girls work day at Christ United Methodist Church. Days for Girls make reusable kits for young girls in countries around the world. The grassroots non-profit organization creates "a more dignified humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene, because no girl should go without."

On Saturday, Sept. 22, approximately 31 women with 16 sewing machines, with members from the Canton/Massillon group joining with women from the Newcomerstown area, came together to sew and pack the kits, which are to go to Kenya and for a mission trip to Cuba later this year.

Information provided by Days for Girls International includes:

• Days for Girls International washable feminine hygiene kits last up to three years and have been proven in over 75 nations on six continents, thanks to thousands of volunteers worldwide.

• Designed with the wisdom of thousands of women’s feedback, kits are uniquely suited to women’s needs, giving more days of comfort, health, education and dignity.

• Kits are distributed via a grassroots network of certified  "Ambassadors of Women’s Health," empowering local leadership and knowledge.

• "Dignity Presentations" accompany kits with instructions for use and care of kits, health, hygiene, safety and sanitation as well as reproductive health and safety discussions.

Days for Girls International has been featured in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine and in Rotarian magazine.