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CommUNITY Champion: The Oopsie Project

The unique non-profit aims to make sure a normal part of life is no longer embarrassing.

'The Oopsie Project'

Florida-based social entrepreneur Gina Elmazi has launched 'The Oopsie Project' to collect used cosmetic bags, fill them with feminine hygiene products, and distribute them to schools in Volusia County, Flagler County, Seminole County, and beyond. The project aims to provide girls, especially preteen and teenage girls whose families might struggle financially, with the necessary products to get through the day with confidence.

Elmazi's inspiration for 'The Oopsie Project' came from her OBGYN, whose office manager was collecting used cosmetic bags and filling them with feminine products. When Gina learned about this initiative, she realized she could contribute to the cause by leveraging her skills in social media advertising.

'The Oopsie Project' is not just about delivering products to schools, but it is also about eradicating the embarrassment associated with menstruation. Young girls often feel ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it, especially in front of boys.

The project is a collaborative initiative open to anyone wanting to contribute. The project has a Facebook group where people can join and share information. People donate their time, money, and resources to help repurpose cosmetic bags, fill them with feminine products, and distribute them to schools. The project has also established drop-off locations, to make it easy for people to contribute.

Elmazi hopes to expand the initiative to other counties. She believes that there is always a need for feminine products, and as long as there are females, the need will always be there.

'The Oopsie Project' is an inspiring initiative that is making a significant impact on the lives of young girls by giving them the necessary products and confidence to ask for help.

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Published by: Jason Guy of WESH 2

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