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“…for the more than 40 million women in this country living in poverty or on the brink of it – and for whom the cost of feminine hygiene products is yet another burden on an already stretched budged – periods are no joke. A year’s supply of tampons and pads costs upwards of $70 and is not covered by food stamps. For homeless women, the problem of lack of access to menstrual hygiene care is often compounded by ‘minimal access to safe sanitary spaces’ like toilets and showers.” Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Director of Special Projects and Deputy Director of Development for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, “Helping Women & Girls. Period.,” NYTimes, January 28, 2015
On December 9th, 2015, the YWCA of Southern Arizona launched PROJECT PERIOD, an ongoing drive to collect tampons, sanitary pads, and reusable menstrual cups for distribution to women and girls in need in our Tucson community. Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services is proud to join the YWCA, Emerge!, Primavera, Our Family Services, Child and Family Resources, The Haven, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona as future distribution sites for supplies. Collection boxes will be placed throughout Pima County in January 2016.
For now, the YWCA has a collection box for donations at the Frances McClelland Community Center at the YWCA building at 525 N. Bonita Avenue in Tucson. Monetary donations can be sent to this same address c/o Project Period.
Please support this innovative and important project! Thank you!