Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tampon Tuesday

Have you ever heard of Tampon Tuesday?  Neither had I till recently!  So, I did a little research and found out about this awesome opportunity that we each have to help out other women - right in our very own communities!
Tampon Tuesday was started six years ago in Canada by Mandi Fields, the Community Relations Coordinator for CTV London.  She was touring the London Food Bank when she noticed that there were no feminine hygiene products in the non-food containers.  Why? Because people just don't think to donate them.  The very next month CTV created Tampon Tuesday and they have been collecting donations ever since.  I love that Mandi noticed a need, found out how she could help, and then created a movement!

While this movement is centered in Canada, we can jump on board too!  The next time you are at the store, buy an extra box of tampons or other feminine hygiene products and donate them to your local food bank.  To find a food bank near you, you can check here.

Here's a little more information from our local food bank:

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 budget - periods are no joke. Local tampon donation drives are a simple, smart way to bridge the gap. The possibilities are endless. Canned food drives can include requests for tampons and pads. Social groups, from book clubs to sororities, can tap their networks to raise awareness and collect supplies. Truly, there's no simpler way to shine a light on this problem and meet a crucial need for many local women and girls. 

If you aren't near a food bank, there are still many places that will accept feminine hygiene products:  middle schools and high schools, women's shelters, and homeless shelters just to name a few.

While looking for more information, I came across this idea:

Will you join me by donating tampons or pads to help other women?  I love the idea of women helping women - especially in our own communities.

Have a blessed day!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

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Thank you, Nina from Grandma Ideas, for featuring Tampon Tuesday on her blog!  Much love!

16 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! I will be doing this and taking them to the local domestic violence shelter. I donate all my magazines to them as well because they do not have many TV's and I bet it could be boring and lonely. I am so thankful to have found your blog! I love how you bring to light the needs of the people in our communities. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks, JulieAnn! I love that you donate your magazines too! We donate ours to Meals On Wheels - I've been told the recipients of the meals love getting magazines to read! I'm so thankful you found my blog too! :) Your sweet words made my day!

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  2. You know, this makes so much sense! I never really thought about donating them before. Thanks for sharing girl! Next time we take a box of supplies it will include ALL supples!!!! xo Amanda @ ABW

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    1. You are very welcome, Amanda! And, thank you for supporting Tampon Tuesday! Have a great day!

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  3. Such a fabulous idea! I also donate all my kids old Beanie Babies to the police dept because sometimes there are small children involved in domestic situations etc and the police have them to give to kids in time of comfort.

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I love that you donate small stuffed animals to the police department! I tried doing that here but had no luck. I have always loved stuffed animals and love being able to give them a second chance. You've encouraged me to reach out again - maybe with better luck this time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I love this idea. I wish I'd known this when I wrote my three day posts on Random Acts of Kindness. Who would have thought. I will so be doing this next time I grocery shop. Thanks Holly for bringing awareness to this. You have a great heart.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I truly believe that most people want to help - they just might not know how to. I'm happy to help spread the word! It takes all of us doing the little things - by doing that, we accomplish BIG things! Have a super day!

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  5. Such a necessity that we take for granted. Love the gift card idea in the aisle. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!

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    1. Absolutely, Becky! Maybe a couple of people will be inspired to donate! Thanks for hosting Tuesday Talk! It's one of my favs - so many great ladies to link up with!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. That's awesome. What a simple, yet important, way to help!

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    1. I must admit it was a "duh" moment for me - something so easy to do too! Feminine hygiene products are not cheap and I can't imagine having to worry about not having them each month. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a good week!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE the second idea!! It is super easy and only about $5. I am linking this to my blog round-up today!

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    1. Thank you, Aimee! In the future, I plan on trying to do a buy one, give one when I purchase these items. I'm also going to start looking for coupons to help too! Thank you for adding my link to your round up! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  8. I have never heard of this idea before. It's a great one! Thanks so much for sharing this on my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up. You're the best!

    Nina

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