I am thrilled to announce that the Dot Girl crowd funding campaign has been given a second life thanks to the TV program The Crowd Funder Show. Thanks to sponsorships, you will be able to donate to this campaign and receive your donation back in the form of gift cards to popular stores like Starbucks, Sears, and Home Depot. Find out more at the Dot Girl campaign site:
Here is what Gail Gilman, nurse at Sun Valley Indian School, had to say about the Dot Girl kit donation:
“There were 9 girls who participated in our hygiene classes. The girls were presented with their new kits on the last day. They were very excited to have received them. Our students are limited in their access to something like this. We are in a very impoverished area. These kits provide something tangible the girls can hold on to. It encourages them and excites them to look forward to a new beginning in their lives. They can mark this important milestone in their lives with answers and less confusion. They have these kits and know that people care. That they are not alone. They can use the heat pack and carrying case again and again as they need to. We had a great time with them. Thank you so much for helping these young girls in this way”.
Thank you again for all of your support during the Indiegogo campaign. Please spread the word about the new Dot Girl campaign at The Crowd Funder Show so that we may continue to donate kits to girls who need them.
Dot Girl has officially designated today ‘Donate A Dollar’ Day! Why should you donate just a dollar to the Dot Girl campaign today? Activity on the campaign leads to greater visibility on Indiegogo. We are still on page 1 of the Education section however it would help greatly if the campaign moved to the top of the page.
Just a $1 will do it! And you don’t even have to log in to Indiegogo to make the donation. It’s a quick, less than a minute transaction. Please help by spreading the word to your friends too. Send them the link and let’s see how many $1 donations happen!
We are moving on up! This morning finds the Dot Girl campaign on the front page of the Education section. You can help the campaign move even further up by donating a dollar, choosing the $1 perk and leaving a comment. All of these activities help increase exposure for the campaign which means more kits donated. Help make today a record Donate a Dollar Day! And as always, sharing the campaign link with friends and family who would be willing to help would also be much appreciated:
For a closer look at the contents of The Dot Girl First Period Kit I am showcasing two items today – The Dot Girl Period Answer Book and the Dot Girl Warm Pad.
The Dot Girl Period Answer Book™ – a 20-page question and answer booklet covers the basics about menstruation including: How many days will it last? When will I get my first period? How do I track my period? What about cramps? What is a period anyway? Written in an easy-to-read and positive tone the booklet fits neatly inside the reusable case so girls can refer to it over and over again.
My Period Diary is included on the inside cover of The Dot Girl Period Answer Book™. The Diary allows girls to track their period over the first year.
The Dot Girl Warm Pad™ is a reusable gel heating pad for soothing cramps.
If you have any questions about these two items please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support and interest!
Yesterday morning we were excited to receive a donation of $225.00 from a group of women who banded together to donate to the Dot Girl campaign. Each donor in the group contributed a small amount in the neighborhood of $10.00 and the power of the crowd raised enough for a significant contribution. The group has designated First Place School in Seattle to receive the Dot Girl Kits.
Many of you may not know that contributions may be made in flat dollar amounts instead of choosing a perk. You will still be able to designate a particular organization to receive Dot Girl kits equal to the value of your contribution. Please visit the campaign to find out more:
I’ve been asked about other ways that Dot Girl Products supports menstruation education. For several years now, Dot Girl has been donating free ‘What’s Normal?’ bookmarks to schools and non profit organizations.
To date over 15,000 bookmarks have been donated to places such as Pacific Christian School in Santa Maria, CA; Thompson Health Hospital in New York State; and Gregory County Dept of Health in Burke, SD along with numerous Girl Scout Troops and public schools. If you are interested in receiving free bookmarks for your school or organization, please use our Contact Us page to send me your address, organization and number of bookmarks requested.
We have broken through the $1,000 mark on our campaign! This translates into 83 Dot Girl kits that will be donated to girls. We still have much ground to cover to reach our goal of 1200 kits donated. Please help us reach this goal by sharing our campaign link with friends and family:
No donation is too small. In fact, we would love to be able to mail hundreds of Dot Girl bookmarks at the end of the campaign to all those willing to donate just $8! A $24.00 means you receive one Dot Girl kit at discounted pricing (with free shipping) and one deserving girl receives a free kit. Any donation is much appreciated.
We would like to thank those companies and sponsors who are helping to spread the word about the Dot Girl campaign:
The founding mission of Dot Girl Products is to prepare every girl for her first period. The more girls know about the changes that will take place to their bodies during puberty, the more they will face this transition with confidence. Learning about their bodies in a supportive way will also help girls to take control about future health decisions they will face.
We are a small company with big dreams and we want to help the many schools and organizations that ask for donated kits because of their own limited budgets. Believing that there is no time like the present to achieve our dream, we decided to turn to Indiegogo crowd funding to raise the necessary money to put The Dot Girl First Period Kit® into as many hands as possible.
Our goal is to donate 1200 Dot Girl kits to deserving organizations. Through your generous donations more girls will have the tools and information needed to experience their first period prepared and confident. Together we will be able to support schools and organizations who are doing the important work of educating girls about periods.
The campaign lasts from March 18th – April 27th, 2014. Learn how you or your organization can donate here.
Back to School Special Featuring Dear Kate Lingerie
We all know that starting a new school year can be a stressful time. Dot Girl Products has just made it a little less stressful by partnering with Dear Kate to bring our customers a limited edition First Flow Set. The set is available only at the Dear Kate website. Whether your daughter has already started her menstrual cycles or is still waiting for that all important first period, she needs to be ready with the right supplies to store in her backpack or locker.
The First Flow Set includes:
Dear Kate Leading Lady Bikini in Lavender (mini lining)
Dear Kate Dahlia Hipster in Pink (full lining)
The Dot Girl First Period Kit®
Pencils engraved with fun quotes
Dear Kate underthings incorporate revolutionary patent-pending fabric to keep your daughter prepped for anything. The inner lining is black and stain-releasing, and the underwear is machine washable, so she’ll never hand wash again. A leak-resistant outer layer protects against leaks of all kinds, while wicking fabric on the inside keeps girls cool and comfortable.
Read all about the importance of slipping a period pack into her backpack here.
As part of our community service at Dot Girl Products we distribute free ‘What’s Normal?’ bookmarks to schools and non profit organizations. It is our way of educating as many girls as possible about the facts of menstruation. The bookmarks contain several statements about periods and what is ‘normal’ as girls are always worrying if what they are going through is ‘normal’ although every girl is different, but normal.
The statements are simple and straightforward:
It’s normal….for your friends to start their periods before or after you. Your body will know when it’s right for you.
It’s normal…to feel tenderness in your breasts while they are still developing, to see mucous in your panties before your period, to start your period later if you are athletic.
It’s normal…to worry that pads will show through your clothes, but they really won’t; to keep a pad or tampon in your pocket ‘just in case’; to have irregular periods the first two years.
It’s normal…to have cramps or feel a little blue around your period so be good to yourself; to have questions about how your body is changing so don’t be afraid to talk to someone you trust.
I receive many emails from young girls who are waiting, just waiting to start their first period. Some are anxious about starting, some want to start soon so that they will be ‘all grown up’. What is interesting is that their questions usually are about the statements above – I’m seeing yellow stuff in my underwear, my breasts are popping out and are tender, I’m getting pubic hair – what should I do? And the age old question – when am I going to start my period? Of course, no one can answer that last question for any girl.
We all can though make sure that our daughters or other young girls we are responsible for understand what menstruation is all about. If you know of a school group or non profit that would benefit from the ‘What’s Normal?’ bookmark, please let us know through our ‘Contact Us‘ page.
Dot Girl Products founder Kathy Pickus is honored to be featured in the 2012 edition of Entro Magazine, the online outlet for Mom’s Choice Awards.
The Dot Girl First Period Kit was voted among the best in family-friendly media, products and services in 2010. The kit was a Gold Recipient in the Personal Use Products category.
Excerpts from In the Spotlight: Entrepreneur Draws on Own Experience to Help Girls:
“Believing that adolescence is already tough on girls, entrepreneur Kathy Pickus wants to remove one obstacle in their path by offering products that can help them through the awkwardness and confusion of their first period.”
“The company was founded by my sister, Terri Goodwin, and me. Our motivation to create The Dot Girl First Period Kit grew from our own awkward teenage experiences. Despite the fact that our mother was a wonderful nurturer to four daughters, she was never comfortable talking to us about our bodies, therefore, both of us were caught by complete surprise when our periods started. I vowed the first period experience would be different for my daughter, and thus was born the idea behind Dot Girl Products.”
Click here to read the full article on pages 10 and 11.
Dot Girl Products is excited to announce our entry into the Get on the Shelf contest at Walmart. Please help us in this endeavor by voting for the kit here. Voting starts today and lasts through Tuesday, April 3, 2012. We encourage you to vote every day and help Dot Girl with the opportunity to help girls across the United States on to the road of happy periods!