Happy April, everyone!
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
From all of us here at Fulfilling Destiny, we want to thank you for your support. This newsletter highlights all of the amazing work during the past month. Our community continues to come together in powerful ways. We would not be able to make a difference without your help and support!
We want to emphasize our solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander family. They have our support today and always. We, as a country, can no longer let hatred and violence continue to be perpetuated against the AAPI community. At Fulfilling Destiny, we firmly believe in compassion and uplifting ALL people, no matter who they are or where they come from.
March was an amazing month! We love seeing our community come together and work towards ending period poverty.
Reminder: We allow volunteers to have socially distant packing parties, distribute Dignity Bags, and host virtual fundraisers or donation drives. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some outstanding acts of service:
Big thank you to the San Diego Church of Christ for hosting a donation drive on behalf of Fulfilling Destiny! We received over 400 boxes of pads, tampons, underwear, flushable wipes, and soap bars from their donation drive in honor of Womxn’s History Month. We are beyond grateful for your support!
Executive Assistant of San Jose, Jessica Palaganas, assembled and dropped off these Dignity Bags to the Georgia Travis House back in February. The Georgia Travis house is a womxn’s shelter that provides interim shelter and supportive services to 12 families and 15 single womxn experiencing homelessness in San Jose. She hosted an Alumni virtual packing party with Presentation High School in San Jose. In total, they made 382 Dignity Bags. Thank you so much, Jessica, we appreciate you and all that you do in San Jose! See her pictures below!
Thank you to Alpha Phi Omega/Rho Pi Chapter at UCSD (@apoucsd) for hosting a COVID-safe packing party and putting together a total of 130 Dignity bags! These bags will be an incredible relief to many menstruators throughout San Diego. Thank you so much for your time, effort, and support to Fulfilling Destiny!
We also had Dignity Bag distributions to our partners, Think Dignity and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) of Oceanside. Celeste did a drop-off of Dignity Bags to Santee Food Banks as well. Our Interns completed distributions as well! Katherine dropped off donations to Birthline Clairemont. Amran distributed Dignity Bags to Rachel’s Women’s Center and Sierra to Victory Center.
Staff member, Mariza, distributed 30 Dignity Bags to Community Fridge partners (@cityheightscommunityfridge). The City Heights Community Fridge is located on 3772 Wilson Ave. 92104 SD, CA. Anyone in the community can utilize the fridge and anyone can donate! Some items available: hygiene products, canned goods, fresh produce, frozen meals.
Thank you all for your hard work! We are so grateful to collaborate with amazing outreach organizations in San Diego and beyond. Read more about our various distribution partners here!
We love working with other organizations! If you or your organization/club would like to partner with us, please send us an email at email@example.com
This March, we received so many donations from our amazing community. Thank you to Scensibles Bags for donating 500 pads to Fulfilling Destiny! We also received so many via mail, many of which were from anonymous donors. We are deeply appreciative of your help. These donations will go a long way in providing period products for menstruators in San Diego!
Priyanka Sarnaik (she/her/hers), Community Outreach Intern
Priyanka was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is currently a Health Management and Policy Master’s student at San Diego State University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at University of Washington-Bothell in Political Science and Global Studies and minored in Health Studies and Human Rights!
She is very passionate about advocating for human rights and went to Washington DC in 2019 to speak to organizations and people in Congress about global warming and its effect on Indian citizens. As she currently lives in Washington she hopes to spread the mission and values of Fulfilling Destiny to her local community.
Priyanka’s Fun Fact: I loved bugs when I was little and had a cockroach (fake) bday cake when I turned two!
Host a Packing Party!
At Fulfilling Destiny, we have a goal of making 1,000 Dignity Bags every month and we need your help!
We would like you to gather up your quarantine friends or family for a Packing Party. We will give you all the materials needed for your Packing Party but you can also donate products as well and use them in your Dignity Bags!
Products we include in our Dignity Bags:
- Pads (regular and heavy)
- Tampons (regular and super)
- Flushable wipes
To schedule your own Packing Party, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a Guide to Hosting a Packing Party. It contains helpful information and instructions for
We are so grateful to see our organization grow and build new connections within our community. More exciting partnerships and events coming soon! Thank you for your support in our mission to ensure that all menstruators experience their period with dignity. Let’s continue to build and grow together!
Ways to Help:
- Get involved with Fulfilling Destiny! Packing parties are a fun way to get involved! You can also help by hosting a virtual fundraiser, donation drive, or helping us with distributions! For more information, please email email@example.com
- Monetary Donations – We are accepting donations. If you have the means to donate, we would greatly appreciate your help! Click here to donate
- Help us find a truck for Fulfilling Destiny! We are still in need of a truck! If anyone has a working truck that they would like to donate to us, we will be very grateful. The truck will help with our pick-ups and make distribution easier. If you are able to help, please contact us!
- Support our work! Follow us on our social media accounts to stay updated on our work and various volunteer opportunities (keep an eye out for new opportunities this Fall!). Listen and subscribe to The FD Podcast hosted by Jan-Marini Pacleb – YouTube and Spotify
Stop AAPI Hate
We must put our solidarity in to action by becoming active bystanders, donating to community centers and advocacy groups, and by making sure that these hateful incidents are not being overlooked.
Here are some resources and organizations to support/follow:
- StopAAPIHate, @stopaapihate
- Asian American Federation, @AAFederation
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
- #HATEISAVIRUS, @hateisavirus