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Local businesswomen look to meet need for students
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Founders of the Aunt Flo Initiative, from left, Ashley Wright, Amanda Lowe, and Cydney Langford prepare to take a trunk full of supplies to local schools. They have received many donated products already and are impressed with the response they received from the community. - photo by Bethany Porter

Three local Warren County business owners came together and formed the Aunt Flo Initiative to provide menstrual products, hygiene items, and other supplies to students in Warren County.

Wink Skincare owner Cydney Langford, Local Flair Public Relations owner Ashley Wright, and Lemon Clothing and Cosmetics owner Amanda Lowe are the founders of this initiative. Their mission is to ensure those who need access to these supplies will have them as well as trying to help normalize the discussions of menstrual health among students.

“Once the three of us started talking and collaborating, we figured we could use our businesses to kind of promote it and pick up locations. It kind of just grew from there,” said Wright. “It shouldn’t be an embarrassing thing. We just want to support the kids who don’t have access to those products”

A lot of students they are trying to help may not have access to the menstrual or hygiene supplies they need at home, so the Aunt Flo Initiative is providing these students with cosmetic bags and pouches that they can keep these items in and take them home.

“The three of us had privileges growing up and we had access to pads and tampons, but so many kids don’t. So we definitely wanted to bridge that gap and do something,” said Wright. 

So far, they have provided supplies to Morrison School, Dibrell, and Irving College. They plan on being able to supply Warren County High School, Bobby Ray, West Elementary, Hickory Creek, Hamilton Street Activity Center, and Kids of the Community soon.

“It’s just normalizing it, and then providing products to schools so girls don’t have to feel alone,” said Langford.

Supplies needed include: tampons, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, black leggings, sweat pants, hygiene wipes, cosmetic bags and pouches, and underwear for boys and girls sized for 8 to 12-year-olds. 

Donations can be dropped off at Ashley’s Attic located at 301 S High St., Wink Skincare Studio at 107 N Spring St., and Lemon Clothing and Cosmetics at 126 E Main St. 

“The response we have gotten from our clients and our friends has been amazing. It’s just such a wonderful thing,” said Langford.

The best way to help out this initiative and help the local students in need is by dropping off supplies at one of the three businesses.