Lend a Helping Tampon: Raising Period Awareness Around the World
For most women, your period is not usually considered a monthly highlight, and you’re probably one of the lucky ones who can run to the corner store for feminine products on the fly. But imagine having to get by on your monthly cycle without easy access to pads, tampons or other feminine hygiene products. Even worse, imagine suffering from heavy bleeding and not having access to the supplies you need. Obtaining feminine hygiene products can be a struggle for people in need. When you add in factors like natural disasters, rural living conditions and homelessness, getting your hands on a few pads may be the difference between a week of normalcy or one of complete misery. Thankfully, there are several impactful period awareness campaigns that strive to make women’s lives easier, one tampon at a time!
Support the Girls
Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new and used bras and sealed packages of tampons and pads to homeless women and girls across North America and in four locations worldwide. Its goal is to prevent women from having to make a choice between paying for meals or buying a box of tampons. In the last 12 months, 135,000 bras and 785,000 menstrual hygiene products have been collected and distributed worldwide.
Bloody Good Period
Gabby Edlin is the founder of Bloody Good Period. This organization collects donations of sanitary products and toiletries that asylum-seeking women may not be able to afford. The organization is based in London and has multiple collection areas around the city. Asylum-seekers are unable to work while their claims are processed and are more likely to live in poverty, often for many years. This makes the cost of feminine hygiene products incredibly hard to deal with.
Simply the Basics
Simply the Basics strives to raise period awareness through its “hygiene bank.” The purpose of the hygiene bank is to ensure that organizations serving the homeless and low-income community always have access to personal hygiene products. Simply the Basics volunteers believe that establishing proper hygiene is key to a sense of self and better health for the homeless population.
Helping Women Period
Helping Women Period is committed to supplying feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income women through donations to shelters, food banks and homelessness organizations. While it is based primarily in Michigan, there are sister chapters popping up in other states. The founders believe filling the basic need of feminine hygiene products for homeless and low-income women is one key step in helping them become more self-sufficient.
There are several organizations doing great work around the globe to supply feminine hygiene products to women in need. You can make a difference by donating boxes of pads and tampons to your local women’s shelter or food bank. And of course, always carry a few extras in your purse in case the girl in the stall next to you happens to have an emergency!
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- Posted by Dot.
- On November 9, 2017