Ridgewood Teenager Donates Feminine Products to 6 Area Food Pantries
Jamie Longo decided to spearhead this initiative after realizing many pantries do not provide feminine hygiene products to people with periods in need.
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Jamie provided products to six food pantries in total, four in Queens and two in Brooklyn, according to QNS. She distributed more than 225 bags of products to Hungry Monk alone on June 13, and gathered thousands of tampons, pads, panty liners, and menstrual cups in total. QNS reports that it took two weeks of fundraising—$750 of which came from Jamie’s own bank account—and collections from the community to gather everything.
Jamie and Jacob have been raised to appreciate the value of doing good for others. Their mother Connie’s reminds them of this mission through the words “Today for me, tomorrow for you.” For more on the altruistic efforts of the Altamirano children, check out previous NYMetroParents coverage, and keep an eye out for their next projects!
Learn more about Hungry Monk and how you can help its coronavirus emergency response efforts through this YouTube video. If you’re not in Queens, there are still plenty of opportunities for volunteering in the New York metro area and from home, so we can all help others during this time.
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Main Image: Courtesy Connie Altamirano, via QNS