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Meet Ashley Arevalo

11/29/2018 11:54AM ● By Kylie Cooper

By: Kylie Kinnett  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

What exactly is the Period Movement?
The Period Movement is all about celebrating periods and trying to erase the stigma when it comes to talking about them. We also get involved in the community by making period packs to distribute to local shelters. These include items all women would need for their period!

How did you first get involved with it and ultimately start a chapter here?
Sometime in 2016, I saw an ad on YouTube from Kotex about a product drive they do to donate to homeless shelters. I thought it was such a good idea and I felt kind of guilty because I didn’t realize this was an issue the United States was facing. In November of 2016, I decided to do a Go Fund Me to raise money to donate period products to local shelters. I ended up raising a little over $1,200 in 13 days. I was doing more research and discovered PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement, and I then decided to start a chapter here in Corpus Christi. 

Why is this cause so important?
I never have to worry if I have enough money to buy pads and tampons and it breaks my heart that some women/girls have to skip school and miss out on opportunities due to their period. So, with PERIOD. Corpus Christi we try to bring awareness to an issue that usually doesn’t receive a lot of attention. 

When you aren't busy helping the community, what do you do for fun?
I love spending all my money on concert tickets to see my favorite bands! I also love relaxing and watching movies then recreating the outfits on my style blog.