You can help! Host a bin for a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for women and girls who are in poverty and struggle to afford these products. We call this drive “Every 28 Days,” as women and girls need these products every month. We will be collecting items throughout the month of February.
We’ll provide a bin and signage for you, plus add you to a list of donation locations which will be promoted on all Share’s social media sites. We’ll also deliver and pick up the bin and all the products donated.
To host a drive, contact Heather Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feminine Hygiene Products Should Not Be a Privilege.
Women and girls experiencing homelessness and poverty are at increased risk of pelvic infections, toxic shock syndrome, challenges in cleaning clothes during their menstrual cycles and general dehumanization due to a lack of access to feminine hygiene products.
Over the past few years, awareness has been building about this very critical issue. For many women and girls experiencing homelessness and/or poverty, having a period is a nightmare. Feminine hygiene products cannot be purchased with food stamps and are extremely expensive for women with limited or no means. Many women are resorting to using anything they can find for free, like newspaper, paper towels, socks or toilet paper from fast food restaurants. Some women are using leaves and others are using rags that they rinse out.
If a woman is lucky enough to have tampons, they often don’t change them as often as they should, hoping to make them last. The problem is that these alternatives are causing health issues from infections to death from toxic shock syndrome. Women have been silent about this issue as to avoid embarrassment. This crisis has been hidden in plain sight.
Share will store all the products donated in their warehouse. At Share, the products are distributed to three shelters, the Winter Hospitality Overflow, Women Housing and Transition, Street Outreach, Lincoln Place, and to Housing and Essential Needs clients.
We are working with local nonprofits who serve women and girls in need to help get these donations to those who need them. These nonprofit agencies include:
- Council for the Homeless
- YWCA, Children’s Center
- Hough Foundation
- Day Break Youth Services
- Columbia River Mental Health (including Elahan Place)
- North County Food Bank
- Open House Ministries
- Parent Child Assistance Program
- Giving Closet
- Caring Closet
- Salvation Army
- Lifeline Connections
- Janus Youth Program
- 22 Family Resource Centers at 8 school districts within Clark County.
Women experiencing homelessness often 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. The Every28Days effort has changed this for the women and girls of Clark County and helped provide dignity regardless of circumstances.