“T” is for Tampons. *GROSS SMIRKING ROLLING Of EYES* An oddly uncomfortable subject, huh? A Tampon Drive isn’t one of the more warm and fuzzy causes. It’s about poverty and women’s issues. Ugly nasty details no one wants to hear. When you’re stuffing paper towels from the public restroom into your underwear—(uncomfortable yet?)—that’s poverty. It’s a monthly reality for homeless and poor women. Lack of appropriate women’s hygiene products is also a direct cause of disease. In third world countries, it’s a concrete barrier to education and economic solvency.
Tampons aren’t covered by Food Stamps and they aren’t available at Food Banks. There’s no line item in social service budgets. Tampons are expensive. One of the greatest unmet and ongoing need for homeless women isn’t your old clothes. The need is for boxed tampons and pads.
It’s not a “feel good” hunger, book, or art education cause. If we chose “warm and fuzzy” we could give you free wine (companies love that). Sorry. Periods and poverty aren’t sexy together, but tampons are a concrete need for poor and homeless women, and it’s a social justice issue.
Take part in helping to promote health and dignity! Punk Rock Sewing Circle is collecting donations for St. Anthony’s. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate through PayPal at email@example.com, and contribute.