I have written previously about the Tampon Tuesday movement and the trend of more cities and public institutions such as boards of education and libraries to offer free access to menstruation products. Menstruation products are an often requested, yet rarely donated, item at many social service agencies. Period Purse seeks to change that. This volunteer run organization "strives to achieve menstrual equity by providing people on the margins who menstruate with access to free menstrual products, and to reduce the stigma surrounding periods through public education and advocacy. The Period Purse works with community partners, local volunteers, dedicated donors and influential diversity champions to deliver menstrual products to people in need, improve policies and enhance equal access to period products."
Period Purse hosts blitzes to collect menstruation products and the local Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge chapter's Fall Blitz runs from Nov. 1st-21st. There are a variety of drop off locations throughout the region with details here. "The Fall Blitz unites neighbours and local businesses, encouraging them to donate large purses, bags, backpacks and totes, period products, cloth pads and washcloths, new socks and underwear, bar soap, hats, mitts and scarves and sweet treats like chocolates and granola bars. All donated products are packed with a comforting, motivational note, and then given to local shelters and centres." Donated items from the Fall Blitz will go to Sanguen's Community Health Van and the YWCA Cambridge Programming Centre. #365ofgoodWR
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