Sharing Lives: Spring 2018 Edition

Community Rallies for #every28days

The second annual #every28days was a huge success, resulting in 16 pallets of feminine hygiene products in our warehouse! Thank you to Garage Bar & Grille and Mill Creek Pub for hosting events on Feb. 28, as well as the more than 20 businesses* that had collection bins leading up to the event. A special thanks to Lisa Goodrich, this year’s event chair, as well as to Dianna Kretzschmar, who organized the inaugural event last year. To everyone in our community who donated so generously—thank you! We’ll be working with local nonprofits who serve women and girls in need to help get these donations to those who need them.

Our own Kim Hash, director of development and communications, attended the event and shared this: “Tons of wonderful feminine hygiene products being donated tonight for the girls and women of our community. And what a wonderful community we have! It astounds me how many people care and come out to show it! Thanks to all who are involved in this great effort this year! It takes a village!

Women experiencing homelessness have resources to connect them to a safe place to sleep or a hot meal to eat. But when it comes to taking care of their feminine hygiene needs, they often have nowhere to turn. Tampons and sanitary pads top the list of needs at shelters, as supporters don’t often think to donate them. Compounding the issue is the fact that feminine hygiene items cannot be purchased with food stamps, public showers are scarce and poor hygiene during menstruation can lead to infections.

While our warehouse is full today, feminine hygiene products are always needed and can be dropped off at the Share Fromhold Service Center.

* Thank you for supporting #every28days! Innovative Services NW, Prosecuting Attorneys Office, A Dogs Best Friend, Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, Vancouver Chambers of Commerce, The Quarry, Almea Insurance, PeaceHealth: PHSW Campus, Glenwood Place, Whole Foods, American Family Insurance, Filbin’s Hardware, Ameriprise, Barre3 (119th St.), Divine Consign, GLAMbeauty bar, Morton’s Stoves, Riverview Bank (Battle Ground) and Dapper D’s.

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