For this Framingham nonprofit, dignity matters

Metro West Daily News

FRAMINGHAM - In a warehouse on Bishop Street, boxes are overflowing with unopened packages of tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. In another room, containers filled with new bras are organized by size.

“This was just supposed to be something I do on the side,” said Kate Sanetra-Butler, looking around the hundreds of collected products.

Sanetra-Butler, of Wayland, is founder of Dignity Matters, a registered charity that supplies feminine hygiene products and underwear to homeless women and school-age girls. Started in 2017, the all-volunteer organization has collected and redistributed hundreds of thousands of items. The organization supports 15 shelters, more than 100 scattered sites for families, multiple domestic-violence programs, food pantries, and 30 schools in Greater Boston.

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