Pinewood to Host Donation-Based Yoga to Support On the Dot 615
I recently learned that government assistance programs categorize feminine products as luxury items, which means they cannot be purchased on programs such as WIC or SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps. As a result of this, there are girls and women IN NASHVILLE who end up missing school and work because they do not have the basic necessities to care for their health and well-being, which hinders them from simply leading life.
When I found this out, I felt outraged. To be put in a position in which you must miss school or work – and then deal with the repercussions of such – because someone somewhere decided that tampons and pads are a luxury item is simply an abomination. Believe me, there is NOTHING luxurious about having a menstrual cycle. No woman would choose to have a period every month, but no one ever asked. It’s never been a discussion or choice for us.
Just like it should not be a discussion or a choice to deny feminine products to women in need. When I learned about On the Dot 615, I felt compelled to reach out and help. On the Dot was founded in March 2018 by Hillary Edwards and Charity Brock, who became aware of this issue just a few months earlier. When they learned of it, they took up a collection of products for women in need. However, they soon realized their collection was only a short-term fix for an ongoing issue. So, Charity and Hillary founded On the Dot 615, which stocks women with pads, tampons, soap, laundry detergent - all health and wellness items that can be difficult or even impossible to get through government assistance programs.
“These gals [the program helps] are beautiful, bright, hilarious,” said Charity. “It is one of the biggest joys in my life to love and serve them well. I know that this would not be possible without the support of our community. I am so grateful.”
We here at BV think Hillary and Charity rock for identifying a need and then doing something about it -- and we want to do something about it, too. As a way to further support their efforts and continue to get the word out about On the Dot, Broad Varieties is hosting our first-ever donation-based* yoga class on the patio at Pinewood on Tuesday, October 16th. We are lucky enough to have our own badass yoga instructor Maddie (Teren) Adams, who will lead us through this vinyasa flow. Class will be accessible enough for a first-timer but has the opportunity to be challenging enough for an experienced yogi to enjoy. Bring your own mat and a cash donation OR feminine products to donate to On the Dot on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 for sixty minutes of invigorating and rejuvenating vinyasa yoga. We are excited to turn our online experience together into a genuine face to face interaction with you!
Spots are limited so register in advance using the form below.
Yoga, like life, is certainly something a woman couldn’t - and shouldn’t - do without proper feminine care. Let’s connect and support physical and mental well-being right here in our own city.
*recommended donation is $10 cash or the equivalent in products.