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Sugar Land’s 12th grader receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

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For her work on Homeless Period Project – Houston Chapter

Danielle Turk, 12th grade student who attends Sugar Land Prep, has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Danielle was recognized for her involvement in the Houston Chapter of the Homeless Period Project. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program in the USA, encouraging citizens to live a life of service. “We, at Sugar Land Prep, are incredibly proud of Danielle,” stated Carol Appelbaum, founder of the prestigious Sugar Land Prep (SLP).

Here’s what Danielle had to say:

“The amount of euphemisms for a woman’s menstrual cycles are plentiful. The ‘Crimson Wave,’ ‘Aunt Flo,’ and ‘That Time of the Month’ are just a few. Regardless of a woman’s station in life, having menstrual products is an issue every woman has dealt with. I decided to help those women who are underprivileged and unable to afford the basic necessities. These women must face this every single month. Believe it or not, menstrual products are the least donated items to shelters, although the need for them is endless. As a woman, this struck a chord with me, and I decided to do something about it. Thus, the Homeless Period Project (HPP) Houston was born.”

“As Founder and President of this chapter, I collect and drop-off donations for shelters and schools, manage the project’s social media accounts, and network with volunteers and other non-profit organizations. After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we partnered with the Unmentionables, a non-profit similar to the Homeless Period Project, to host a ‘free shopping event’ for Harvey’s victims. At this event, I was able to witness first-hand the effect that HPP had on women’s lives; as they walked by my station, the women’s eyes would light up as they stuffed their shopping bags with items that were seldom found in donation bins. I was truly making a difference in my community.”

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