El Paso, Texas-- Mia Flor Gonzales is hoping to provide a sense of warmth to immigrant girls by providing them with feminine care packages. It's all a part of a project created in memory of her late great grandmother called, 'Project Carmen.'
"My great grandmother from my moms side was also an immigrant as well and I just feel very connected to this project because it’s my family. It's my history,” said Gonzales.
Gonzales is a passionate 18-year-old high school senior who describes herself as a music lover, art obsessed and-
“A grandma in an 18-year-old body,” she said.
But it’s that old soul and connection with her great grandma, Carmen Velasco Dixon, that gave Gonzales the motivation to create 'Project Carmen.'
"I had seen a need within my community, especially with the immigrant and refugee community that they had a need for feminine products,” said Gonzales.
She reached out on Facebook asking people if they knew what supplies or necessities were needed for border immigrants being held and the response was overwhelming.
"Hundreds of people responded and it was just amazing to see the community come together to better ourselves as a whole,” said Gonzales.
Through donations from the community she was able to create over 100 feminine care packages for female immigrants.
“It’s basically just some towelettes, a few varied sized pads and a few tampons as well," explained Gonzales, "And so it’s to start them on their journey mentally and physically as they journey into our country.”
She plans on taking this project even further in the future.
“I really want to continue with the feminine product side of it, but I also want to expand it to children's needs and even every gender and affiliation within that group because I feel like everyone is in need,” explained Gonzales, who said she is proud to give back to her community in any form she can.
"Life isn't about serving one person. It's about serving others and when everyone has that mindset just imagine the impact we can have,” she explained.
Gonzales plans on delivering these feminine care packages to organizations in our community that are in need of femine products.