Every28Days: Restoring dignity, one box at a time
Menstrual Products Should Not Be a Privilege.
More than 50% of the population, including pre-teens, teens and adults, have menstrual periods every month. Those who are experiencing homelessness and/or living in low-income households are at increased risk of serious health issues, challenges in cleaning clothes during their menstrual cycles and general dehumanization due to a lack of access to menstrual products. Having a monthly period is a time of high anxiety:
- Menstrual products cannot be purchased with food stamps and are expensive.
- People with periods may resort to using anything they can find for free, like newspaper, paper towels, toilet paper, socks or rags—and often rinsing out and reusing materials.
- Those hoping to make tampons last often don’t change them as regularly as they should, causing health issues from infections to death from toxic shock syndrome.
Silence about this issue is common, as to avoid embarrassment. This crisis has been hidden in plain sight.
You can help!
Drop off a donation of menstrual products during our Open Warehouse
Drop-off Hours at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road:
- Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Thursdays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Or, host a donation drive! We call this drive “Every 28 Days,” as these products are needed every month. Donations will be collected throughout the month of February. To host a drive, contact Maggie Bernetich at [email protected].
At Share, the products are distributed to our two family shelters, the Winter Hospitality Overflow, Women Housing and Transition, Street Outreach, Lincoln Place, and to Housing and Essential Needs clients. We also work with these local nonprofits to help get these donations to those who need them:
- Council for the Homeless
- 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
Your Generosity Helps Our Neighbors
Please consider an online donation today.
Donations of physical goods are always welcome. High-need items include non-perishable food, new hygiene & personal care items and new cleaning supplies.
Contact Molly at [email protected] to schedule a donation drop-off or click the button below to submit a contact form.
Article Source: Share Vancouver