Any Parks and Recreation fan knows that Galentine's Day is just as much a holiday as Valentine's Day. Galentine's Day, traditionally the day before Valentine's Day, is Leslie Knope's tradition of celebrating her closest gal pals, and all the empowered women who inspired her personally and politically. This year, the Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) Activist Council wants to join the Galentine's Day fun: They've come up with a toolkit on how to host a Galentine's Day party to support Planned Parenthood.
Alissa Vladimir, PPNYC Activist Council Fundraising Group Co-Chair, tells Bustle that the group "came up with this idea and developed the Galentine’s Party Toolkit to raise money in a fun, low-key way with friends." Though the fundraiser was created to raise money for PPNYC, Vladimir says the effort is completely "activist-led," meaning you can host your very own Galentine's Day party supporting your local Planned Parenthood center, or even the national organization. In the toolkit, PPNYC suggests having your friends who are attending Galentine's Day festivities to make a donation to Planned Parenthood, whether it's a one-time donation, or recurring monthly amount. Donations raised for Planned Parenthood help "support birth control access, life-saving cancer screenings, sexually transmitted infection education and testing, education programing, wellness exams, local advocacy initiatives, and visits." Galentine's Day is the perfect way to celebrate your friends while also supporting an important cause.
Here are a few more suggestions on how you can throw the best Galentine's Day party ever in support of Planned Parenthood.