Meeting a soul mate, Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls

2013 Days for Girls, Celeste Mergens, Founder

Yesterday I picked Celeste up at the SLC Airport. Our whirlwind week of fun has begun!  After one day filled with appointments and meetings, I feel like we’ve been friends forever.  Some friendships are meant to be.  This is one.

Below is an invitation I’ve sent out to all of our DfG friends and helpers.  Please come celebrate with us if you are able.

Big Days for Girls Open House on April 17th in Orem!
We are having such an amazing response to the need girls have world-wide here in Utah, Celeste wants to come meet us and thank you personally for your interest and efforts.

In February we took 1221 Feminine Hygiene kits to Mali, West Africa.
This month we’ve sent kits to Haiti, Ghana and Morocco.
We are busy hosting events all over Utah and Salt Lake Counties and beyond.
We have large groups going to Guatemala and Peru in May and June and several others hoping to take kits this summer.

For those of you who have worked on these kits, or if you have expressed an interest in helping, we hope you will mark next Thursday evening on your calendar. We’re having an Open House in Orem with Celeste so you can meet her and hear her story.

Thursday 17 April 2014
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
450 South 100 West
LDS Stake Center
Relief Society Room

Celeste will speak at 7:00 and at 8:00 and we’ll have some treats and lots of good visiting. We’ll also have a slide show of the kit distribution in Mali playing. We are eager for all of you to meet each other and share your experiences and see the happy faces of those who received the kits you made.

There will be a few very fun items available as a fund raiser for more fabric–we’ll have glass bead necklaces and bracelets from Timbuktu, Mali; Paper Bead necklaces from Uganda, and beautiful patchwork bags, table runners, aprons and all sorts of things from a sister quilter who is distributing kits in Ghana.

We are also busy cutting some kits if some of you would like to take projects home with you. They can be returned to any of us, or to the American Quilting shop on 800 North in Orem.

If you have hosted an event in your neighborhood, please help us spread the word to your women’s groups, book clubs, Relief Societies and quilt groups who have helped. We’d like everyone to know they are invited and welcome!

If you’d like more information about Days for Girls, or are interested in seeing what we’ve been up to, here are a few links to photos, stories, and events we’ve enjoyed.
Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who might be interested.

Celeste Mergens is a mom who listened to a prompting that came to her in the middle of the night five years ago and acted. Since then, hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted for good. Mine is one. She founded an organization called Days for Girls that you can learn about on the links I’m including. Several months ago some friends and I in Utah County organized a Chapter here. Since then, we’ve mobilized hundreds of women to help us learn about and make feminine hygiene kits for girls in Mali, West Africa. In Feb 2014 we took more than 1200 of these kits to school girls there. These kits help girls stay in school and receive the educations they need and deserve. We are making kits that will go to many developing areas in the world, blessing the lives of these school girls.

Here is a Ted Talk Celeste recently gave:

Here is the DFGI Website:
Here is the DFGI Facebook page:
Here is the DfG Utah Valley Facebook page:
Here is Ann’s Words blog with many photos and posts about our DfG events:
(See DfG link on the right under Categories)

Your DfG Cheerleaders:
Ann Lewis Orem
Lorri Cummings Pleasant Grove
Melissa Clark Springville
Diana Allred Orem
Melissa Phillippi Pleasant Grove

We are happy to help you become involved, host an event in your area, teach others, or come to your aid in any way. Please call on us!
We look forward to seeing you THIS Thursday!

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