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A Gift for the Monthly Gift

Posted by Nishikwa Mellerson on February 04, 2015 at 12:50 PM

We as women often do not realize how fortunate we are to not only have the resources to have a “clean” almost hassle free menstruation, but to also have the ability to purchase sanitary items and pain medications.

Every month I get that cringe feeling knowing it’s almost that “time of the month.” I dread having to prepare my life with the annual trip to Wal-Mart, gathering chocolate and various food items for my cravings, and OH don’t forget about the overflowing purchase of tampons! This has been my life for roughly 13 years; do the math that’s about 156 monthly gifts. (Whoa! That’s a lot of unwanted gifts.)

Considering how much I dread that week each month, I never took into consideration how women who are homeless must feel about it. It’s a major issue that much of America has not thought about, but is a grieving realization to homeless women every month.

We as women often do not realize how fortunate we are to not only have the resources to have a “clean” almost hassle free menstruation, but to also have the ability to purchase sanitary items and pain medications. Also, women who have trouble with menstruation also have the luxury of going to the doctor to receive some type of prescription to help with pain or to relieve the symptoms. Think about all the times you just popped a Tylenol and went about your day

So how can we make a difference?

DONATE.DONATE.DONATE

Everyday people donate an abundance of items to shelters but when asked what the biggest need is, unanimously, feminine hygiene products were stated. Many shelters and homeless centers are able to fund products like toothpaste and shampoo but when it comes to tampons and pads they don’t have enough to go around because the amount of donations are limited.

Imagine the impact you can have on the lives of women who go without feminine hygiene products every month. I’m challenging EVERYONE, not just women, to go out and buy at least 2 boxes of tampons and donate to your local shelter. Every box helps and could drastically approve the lives of these women.  Be a blessing, give the gift of tampons!


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