Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

Carmel Presbyterian Women is the official name of our Women’s Fellowship. It is a mouthful, but it shows that we are part of a larger fellowship of women at the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly levels.

CPW, along with the support of the Deacons, is beginning a new mission project and we invite all sewers to join us. We will make menstrual kits to be delivered to girls across the world who do not have access to any such protection. Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find but still miss up to two months of education and opportunity every year. They fall behind and usually drop out of school. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The specific mission we are supporting is Days for Girls, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington, that provides washable, re-usable sanitary products for girls. The products are hand made by volunteers all over the world. We will make liners and shields out of cotton and flannelette, and drawstring bags to hold them. We will be asking the congregation to donate other part of the kits, including gallon size zip lock freezer bags, panties, washcloths, and hotel size bars of soap still in the wrappers. We invite anyone who enjoys sewing to join us in this exciting new mission project. We’re hoping it will turn out to be a long-term mission project. Look for more information in the Courier and in worship.

<strong>If you would like to be part of this mission, or for more information on how you can help, please talk to Mary Ellen Thomas or Lynne Schutt. If you have a portable sewing machine in working order that you would like to donate to Carmel, contact Mary Ellen or Lynne. You will find more information about Days for Girls at www.daysforgirls.org