If You’re Too Grossed Out To Share This Video, Then You’re Exactly Why It Exists

I like to think of myself as a confident, go-getter type of lady. But even for me, it was hard to think of this certain female rite of passage (yes, that one) as all that empowering. Gross maybe, cool slightly, but empowering? Yeah, notsomuch. That was just my experience! But for my present loved ones and my future daughters? There is NOTHING I would want more than for them to think more like Dominique Christina. What she is saying is a step in the rightest direction. Her words could be the difference between shame and power for the women in your lives.The crispy, crunchy, peanut-buttery truth starts at 1:49, but listen to the preamble. It’s all sorts of hardcore.

If You’re Too Grossed Out To Share This Video, Then You’re Exactly Why It Exists

If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.