Brooklyn Park Teens Help Homeless Women
Two Brooklyn Park sisters are helping homeless girls and women feel more at ease during menstruation.
Champlin Park High School student Kalise Walton wanted to do something when she realized some people can’t afford feminine products.
“I feel like a lot of people want to help the homeless, but they don’t consider that women have to go through a lot more than men have to go through,” said Kalise.
The 16-year-old and her younger sister, Kennon Walton, took it upon themselves to pack feminine tools, hygiene products and snacks inside Ziploc bags.
Because it can be embarrassing to openly carry feminine products, the sisters decided to put those items inside ipsy glam bags.
“Inside the little bags we have lip gloss, and pads and tampons,” explained Kalise.
Many of the products were purchased from their own pockets except for the ipsy bags.
“I put a post on the Champlin and Brooklyn Park community board, literally within 15 minutes I got 30 people saying I got some bags,” said Kate Walton, the sisters’ mom.
Kate said her daughters will pick up donations from porches due to COVID-19. Donations can also be dropped off outside their home.
“I did put big bin out on our front porch that people can just drop things in. We’re leaving it there for 24 hours and spraying with Lysol when they come in,” Kate said.
The family will keep the hygiene bags in their cars. When they see somebody who is homeless, they’ll hand it to them.
“And we’re planning on going somewhere where there’s a concentrated area of camp and hand them out there,” added Kalise.
When school reopens, Kalise also wants to bring the nurse feminine bags for girls.