WEEK 26 – THE 52 WEEK LOVE PROJECT
Welcome to Week 26 of The 52 Week Love Project – Acts of Kindness. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project will showcase LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
Meet: Saskia the creator of Gift Box Organic
Gift Box Organic sell tampons and for every box sold one box is donated to a woman in need. One for One. This means that women can support other women doing it tough just by choosing to purchase their tampons through Gift Box Organic.
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
A couple of years ago, I was asked to donate to a tampon donation drive and it had never occurred to me that women who were homeless didn’t have access to sanitary items. I learned that women were using all kinds of makeshift items in place of tampons and pads, like dirty socks, old rags or even dead leaves and bark. It seemed crazy to me that there wasn’t a model in place to address this issue, so I came up with an idea that would provide homeless women with a steady stream of tampons.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I set up a social enterprise called Gift Box Organic, where for every box sold a box is donated to a woman in need. One for one. This meant that women could support other women doing it tough just by choosing to purchase their tampons through Gift Box.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
I was inspired by other social enterprises like Toms Shoes and Thank You, that sold good quality products and absorbed the profits into doing good.
HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?
I’ve had so much doubt along the way, but the voices to keep going have always been stronger. I think having a strong purpose and reason why has always pushed me to keep going, to push the doubts aside. If you know your ‘why’ then the rest just becomes something that you have to do. Because I knew that if I didn’t do it, women would continue going on without adequate sanitary care. And to me, that wasn’t good enough.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
Just take one step at a time. When I started Gift Box Organic I just had an idea, and I thought that if I could raise enough money to get the first shipment then I would do it. Had I thought ahead to all of the ways it could go wrong or all of the skills I didn’t yet possess, I probably never would have started.
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
I would rather regret the things I did, than regret the things I didn’t do.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I am also an actress and social worker, so I spread my time (sometimes not so successfully) between multiple jobs and commitments.
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?
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