Nonprofits and businesses will be collecting feminine hygiene projects this month to distribute to low-income and homeless women and girls as part of an effort called Every28Days.
Pads and tampons cannot be purchased with food stamps and may be expensive for those with limited means. Impoverished or homeless women and girls are at increased risk of toxic shock syndrome, pelvic infections and challenges in cleaning clothes during their menstrual cycle, according to a news release from nonprofit homeless service provider Share.
“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,” Diane McWithey, executive director of Share, said in the news release.
Groups interested in hosting a collection bin should contact Heather Walker with Share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Share is the main host behind Every28Days, several other organizations are involved: Council for the Homeless, YWCA Clark County, Children’s Center, Hough Foundation, Daybreak Youth Services, Columbia River Mental Health Services, North County Food Bank, Open House Ministries, the Parent-Child Assistance Program, Giving Closet, A Caring Closet, The Salvation Army, Lifeline Connections, Janus Youth Programs, the Arc of Southwest Washington and 22 family resource centers around the county.