Youth in the Mat-Su are working to help women in need. This week, teens at middle schools and high schools are collecting feminine hygiene products.

It’s a joint effort by the Student Advisory Board and a campaign called No More Mat-Su, which is part of a national effort to end dating violence and sexual assault.

Colony High School teen leader Tyler Eldridge said the group saw a need at local shelters. She said the products can be costly for families with limited income and hopes the drive helps to relieve the financial burden.

“It also not only affects the women who need the tampons or pads but if it leads to health problems it can affect their families and how they care for them or are involved with them,” said Eldridge, who is a junior at Colony High.

The participating schools are:

  • Colony Middle and High schools
  • Palmer Junior Middle and High schools
  • Wasilla Middle and High schools
  • Redington Sr. Junior/Senior High School
  • Houston Middle and High schools
  • Mat-Su Career and Tech High School
  • Teeland Middle School
  • Mat-Su Central School

Products or monetary donations can be dropped off through Nov. 19.

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