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Lawrence teens to host holiday fundraiser for inclusive period pantry

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Teen leaders of the Lawrence nonprofit Honor Moon invite community members to drop off a donation and shop awhile during their holiday fundraiser.

A hot cocoa bar, silent auction items, holiday fun, local vendors and information tables will fill the commons area at Bishop Seabury Academy during the 501(c)(3) organization’s second “official” fundraiser, said Lilly Wall, Honor Moon’s president.

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Supporters are encouraged to bring period products to the event and “fill them under the Christmas tree,” then peruse items on their shopping list. They can also enjoy a warm drink and learn more about Honor Moon and other local businesses and organizations at the Saturday, Dec. 9 event, according to a news release.

“We have been planning this for so long. I am so excited to see it all come together on the day of the event,” said Merrit Hale, director of supply and inventory. “This is gonna be such a great way to end our year and get to interact with so many people who support us every day.”

Led by a teen board and volunteers, Honor Moon aims to normalize conversations about menstruation. Organizers hope to end local period poverty by offering free period products to anyone in need and those who don’t feel comfortable shopping for menstrual hygiene products such as transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary people.

Accepting donations for Honor Moon are, from left, Lilly Wall, Hazel Powers, Margaret Mulhern and Olivia Hazlett.

A group of eight former and current Bishop Seabury students opened its first standalone period pantry in East Lawrence in 2021. Honor Moon’s main pantry is now located at Heartland Health Community Center, 1312 W. Sixth St.

Volunteers also provide free period products at Free State and Lawrence High Schools, and an additional location launch is in the works, Wall said in an email.

Students from FSHS, LHS and Seabury comprise the Honor Moon board. In addition to Wall and Hale, they are Giova Rubenstein (vice president), Margaret Mulhern (fundraising coordinator), Hazel Powers (pantry management), Olivia Hazlett (treasurer), and Maeve Nichols (secretary).

Honor Moon’s Holiday Fundraiser will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Bishop Seabury, 4120 Clinton Parkway.

Co-sponsors of the event include Willow Domestic Violence Center, local teen artists Hang12, Permanent Jewelry, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, reproductive justice organization Surge KU, and more.

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For more information about Honor Moon, visit its website at honormoonlfk.org, follow the organization on Instagram @honormoonlfk, or email honormoonlfk@gmail.com.

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