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Dignity Period helps shelters & schools

Barb Morgan of Hendersonville founded Dignity Period to make sure all shelters, middle schools and high schools in Buncombe and Henderson counties are stocked with feminine hygiene products for those in need. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A western North Carolina woman's battle with bone marrow failure has inspired her to help others more than ever.

Barb Morgan of Hendersonville founded Dignity Period.

She wants to make sure all shelters, middle schools and high schools in Buncombe and Henderson counties are stocked with feminine hygiene products for those in need.

"Food stamps do not allow for the purchase of non-food products, which include shampoo, conditioners, toilet paper, paper towels and, oh, by the way, feminine products," Morgan said.

"Many people don't often think about as being a need or realize is a need, but we have more than two dozen women who utilize feminine hygiene products," Angela Catania, director of ABCCM's Steadfast House, added.

Steadfast House is a transitional housing facility for women and children.

Studies show the inability to afford feminine hygiene products results in girls skipping school and women missing work.

Experts said that's not going to help them overcome crisis and poverty, and that's where Dignity Period comes in.

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