For many women, that “time of the month” isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but for some, getting their period is more than just an inconvenience, it’s a financial challenge.
That’s why some women got together on Tuesday night for Peterborough’s second annual Tampon Tuesday at The Junction.
The event collects donations of feminine hygiene products for women who can’t afford them.
“It happens before International Women’s Day,” said Lisa Smith, director for United Way Peterborough and District. “The idea is to look at and celebrate how we, as a community, can support women who may be experiencing poverty, or be marginalized in some way, by donating feminine products, which can sometimes be unaffordable for those individuals.”
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“We had a little drive in the office and we brought a shopping bag full of products,” said attendee Julie Morris.
The donations were forwarded to several shelters and programs, including the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Cameron House, the Youth Emergency Shelter, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and Thursday’s International Women’s Day Event.
Tampon Tuesday originated in London, Ont., in 2009. Now, it’s being marked in 26 communities across Canada.
“It’s a product that many people don’t necessarily think about donating,” said Marion Burton, president of the Peterborough and District Labour Council. “It’s a very expensive item for women.”
The United Way and the Peterborough and District Labour Council organized the night.
To donate any feminine hygiene products, you can visit the United Way on Stewart Street.