Kay’s Way is asking for help from the community to collect necessities for women and girls in Isabella County


Access to basic supplies and personal care items is an essential part of a person’s health and happiness; however, not all women and girls in Isabella County are able to obtain these essentials. the Women’s initiativea subgroup of the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation (MPACF), will host another Kay’s Way: A Supply Drive for The care store this month with the aim of providing hygiene and personal care items to those in need.

Linda Coyne, co-chair of the Women’s Initiative, says the procurement campaign is one of two fundraisers the group hosts each year. Founded in 2003 by Judy F. Smith and Kay Krapohl Smith, the Women’s Initiative aims to meet the needs of women and girls in Isabella County.

In the past, Kay’s Day was a paid social gathering, which also served as a fundraiser. Last year, the event morphed into Kay’s Way and became a supply drive.

“We thought during COVID, and with the current inflation, that would be something people needed,” Coyne says. “We also felt that people would be willing to contribute these articles. The social event was a $50 ticket, and not everyone can afford to go to a fundraiser like that. We thought it would be more in tune with the situation here and more conducive to everyone contributing.

Feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair styling products, shaving cream, razors, lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste are some of the supplies requested.Supply Pickup accepts new and unused feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair styling products, shaving cream, razors, lotions, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“All the things that people use, but if you’re on some kind of welfare, it’s not covered by your EBT or WIC cards,” Coyne says. “This year we have also decided to include Clothing, Inc. We will be collecting items for women and girls, such as underwear, socks and sports bras. It will be new this year. »

Last year, the event brought in more than $10,000 in donations and a $2,500 grant from the MPACF for the bulk purchase of needed items.
During the pandemic, the endowment fund has been able to provide local organizations and residents with valuable resources including outpatient phone/video mental health options, coats, boots, diapers, formula, bicycles, etc.

Supply drive donations can be dropped off at two locations: Krapohl Ford & Lincoln, 1415 E. Pickard Rd., and Weichert Realtors/Broadway Realty, 614 E. Broadway St., May 9-25.

Additionally, Krapohl Ford & Lincoln hosts an emptying day on May 18donating all proceeds to the Women’s Initiative.

Financial donations can also be made online, Coyne says. “When people donate [dollars] at the Women’s Initiative, it’s money that goes into the fund and we use the interest to provide money to other organizations to do good things.


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