New makeup, sparkly jewelry, and fresh flowers are some of the little luxuries that make being a woman so much fun. But its the least glamorous products that are the real luxuries… that’s why I’ve partnered up with U by Kotex to spread awareness about the first-ever national Power to the Period Drive.
As a woman, talking about that time of the month is strictly taboo. That’s probably why I did’t know until recently that feminine hygiene products are amongst the most requested items at homeless shelters, or that tampons and pads are taxed as “luxury items” in 43 of the 50 states. Many of the 3.5 million Americans who experience homelessness each year have limited access to, and few places to turn for feminine products. While many of us turn to midol, heating pads, Netflix, and ice-cream to soothe our monthly pains many women don’t even have access to the core hygiene essentials.
How can you participate in the Power to the Period Drive? It’s easy! Next time you’re picking up product for yourself, just grab an extra box to donate to your local homeless shelter. Pads, tampons, panty liners, and cups are all welcome as long as they are new and unopened. You can look *here*
for a list of shelters nearest you. The drive officially ends September 30th, but there is no limit to when you can donate.
Other ways to support the initiative:
- Start a Power to the Period donation drive in your school or community
- Visit UbyKotex.com, DoSomething.org/period or text PERIOD to 38383 to learn more
- Help erase the stigma by joining the conversation with #PeriodProjects and #PowertothePeriod
How will you get involved? Let me know in the comments section below!
Thank you to U by Kotex for sponsoring this post, and to Holly Sanchez for starting this initiative.