Austin #5 and Ladybird Pledge decided to start a new program aimed at assisting girls and women at the shelters in our areas by donating feminine hygiene products.
A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. We read about how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women.
Shelters are perpetually short on the basics that get women through their periods. When donating toiletries, most people opt for staples like toothbrushes and toilet paper and don’t think to donate pads and tampons. The basic act of staying clean, a major key to feeling human while confronting the struggles of homelessness, requires a draining amount of resourcefulness for women Since menstruation is rarely talked about to begin with, these needs surrounding it go unnoticed. If you’d like to help ladies get through their periods with a little more dignity, consider aiding us in our collections. Our next donation will be in February - thanks for your support.