ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — What started as a social group is now helping improve the lives of young girls around the Bay area.
- Ladies Heights Happy Hour started out as a Facebook group
- Members organized fundraisers to buy feminine hygiene products
- Products were donated to 19 schools around Tampa Bay area
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The group Ladies Heights Happy Hour began when Ellie Baggett wanted to make friends with other women in the area.
“It’s really hard making friends,” Baggett says.
So, she started the "Ladies Heights Happy Hour" Facebook page. It now has more than 1,400 members.
“We wanted to take it beyond a social group and make a social change,” Baggett says.
One social change they chose: breaking the stigma of feminine hygiene products.
“I was overwhelmed to see how people stepped up in the community to help,” Baggett says.
Together, the members raised more than $4,000 to provide the products for girls in need and have distributed them to 19 schools around the Tampa Bay area.
“We filled up an entire room of supplies,” Baggett says.
The group is now on a mission to make a difference in people's lives, even in the smallest ways.
“If we can help just one girl, we’ve done our job,” Baggett says.