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Monday's event empowers women to eliminate barriers for local women, children

Star Herald Editorial

A unique community consortium is debuting Monday, Oct. 30, at Take 16 in Luverne, and all women in Rock County are invited.

The Women’s Giving Circle is a long-desired idea that’s coming to life from Luverne Area Community Foundation executive director Emily Crabtree.

She wants to bring focus to the barriers faced by the women and children of Rock County by empowering local women to lead the charge.

We at the Star Herald couldn’t agree more with the idea of breaking barriers.

Giving circles are not a new idea. Broadly defined, circles work to pool resources from a large group of people to more effectively impact a targeted community.

LACF’s first giving circle will focus on local women and children.

To lay the groundwork on whether or not a giving circle would be supported locally, Crabtree invited random Rock County women together.

They immediately embraced starting the Women’s Giving Circle in Rock County.

Their mission is to support, educate, empower and celebrate the women and children in Rock County.

The 12-member committee is organizing Monday’s initial gathering for the Women’s Giving Circle to educate the public on the consortium’s purpose.

Monday’s event is already poised to make an immediate community impact.

Titled “Products for a Purpose,” Monday’s information meeting asks attendees to bring menstrual products, diapers (newborn through toddler) or adult disposable diapers.

The organizational committee asked various agencies, “What do you see as barriers for women and children?” The immediate answer was the availability of feminine hygiene products and diapers for children and adults, which are not often among the donated items in food and/or product drives.

The Rock County Food Shelf will distribute the items from Monday’s event.

We think this is a great first impact for the new group.

The presentation to introduce the Women’s Giving Circle begins at 6 p.m. Monday.

Social hour, complete with appetizers, takes place before and after the presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Women are asked to bring a requested product and a friend.

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