A sense of personal dignity is vital to self-esteem. That’s especially important to children and teenagers.
Just imagine having that sense of dignity stripped away because you and your family are so poor that you can’t afford the basics — soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products — all the things that are necessary to be accepted by polite society.
One woman has turned her own childhood experience into a crusade to make sure that no one else, no matter how poor, has to go without the basics.
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