Every 28 Days Seeks Feminine Hygiene Items For Homeless Females

By Patty Hastings
The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Every28Days” — a reference to women’s menstrual cycles running every 28 days — collects boxes of hygiene products for organizations serving homeless women and girls.

The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

A group of volunteers that collected thousands of feminine hygiene products in February 2017 is back this month with even loftier goals.

Last year, Every28Days collected about 4,000 boxes of tampons and pads that were distributed in March to organizations serving homeless women and girls. By July, that stockpile had been used up, said Vancouver resident Lisa Goodrich, one of the organizers. She hopes they can at least double the amount of product collected.

“The goal ideally would be to take care of everybody for a year,” Goodrich said. “I know that’s a huge goal.”
To help that goal they’ve about doubled the number of collection bins around Clark County. And, the group is also having two period parties Feb. 28 to up awareness and donations and mark the end of a successful campaign. Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground and Garage Bar & Grille will host parties from 3 to 7 p.m.

Every28Days — a reference to women’s menstrual cycles running every 28 days — is collecting boxes of hygiene products through the end of this month. Goodrich said she’s already brought donations to YWCA Clark County and the Clark County Food Bank.

While people regularly donate food and clothing to help the homeless, many people don’t think about donating pads and tampons. Women on the streets can be forced to use toilet paper, newspaper or plants while on their period, and homeless students using their schools’ Family and Community Resource Centers face similar embarrassing challenges. Goodrich said this can result in health issues, such as toxic shock syndrome.

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