CORNWALL — The United Way/Centraide SDG has launched its first-ever ‘Tampon Tuesday’ donation drive in a bid to raise awareness about “period poverty.”
Kicking off today (International Women’s Day) and running through March 23, the endeavour also aims to collect as many menstrual hygiene products as possible for Sexual Assault Support Services SDG&A and Maison Baldwin House.
The initiative is part of a larger effort across Canada to push for donations of menstrual hygiene products for shelters, food banks, and other organizations to ensure that people have access to such products in times of need, “especially now as more and more are feeling the economic weight of COVID-19,” says the organization.
Tampon Tuesday started in London, Ontario, in 2009 as a grassroots movement when CTV London’s Mandi Fields noticed the absence of menstrual hygiene products at a local food drive. She quickly learned the reason was simply that people did not think to donate them. What started as a small local event attended by six women has now turned into a much larger nationwide movement. To date, over 400,000 boxes of product have been donated.
Those interested are urged to help out by:
• Dropping off menstrual hygiene products from March 8 – 23 at the United Way/Centraide SDG office on 55 Water St West, Suite 240;
• Donating products through Amazon Wish List or send a monetary donation to UWCSDG to purchase menstrual products locally;
• Setting up your own collection drive; email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on doing so.