Power To The Period!
I used to volunteer at a food bank during high school (anyone remember those 40 hours of mandatory volunteer work?) We received tons of canned goods, milk, and other non-perishable items. I distinctly remember that female hygiene products were highly requested, yet we didn’t have enough stock to keep up with demand. I think when most people think of food banks and shelter supply centres, they think of cans of beans and bags of milk, cookies, bags of pasta, maybe clothing and childrens toys… but not feminine products! Luckily, U By Kotex is working to change that with their #PeriodPower campaign! Keep reading to find out more…
Now, this really struck a chord with me. I think many of us take access to feminine hygiene products for granted – we can simply walk to the closest drug store and pick up a package of pads and tampons. Not everyone is that fortunate – many women at shelters cannot afford, or do not have ready access, to these products!
U by Kotex is changing that by partnering with empowering and inspirational women for their Period Projects. The Period Projects is a multi-year program designed to help create real change, both big and small. For this Period Project, U by Kotex┬« was inspired by Holly Sanchez, who, after learning that period products are often lacking in homeless shelters, tweeted that there needs to be something done to help. ┬áSo the brand joined forces with Holly and DoSomething.org to create the Power to the Period, the first ever national period products donation drive. ┬áThe Power to the Period campaign examines the many personal needs of those experiencing homelessness and drives awareness of the limited access and places to turn to for period products for these individuals.
U by Kotex is such a great brand – I love their colourful packaging and comfortable design! U By Kotex products are always on offer as well, so it doesn’t take much time at all to pick up an extra pack for a woman in need!
What Can I Do To Help?
It’s super easy to join the cause! Simply pick up an extra pack of pads and tampons and donate them to your local food bank or homeless shelters.┬áPower to the Period is proof that, together, we can change the way we think about, talk about and support the period needs of the homeless in our communities. When donating to your local shelter, it’s best to donate unopened packages of period products (pads, panty liners, etc.), as opposed to individually wrapped items. It’s more hygienic, and it’s important that people see the instructions on the package!
Be sure to check out DoSomething.Org – One of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, DoSomething.org has 5.3 million members in 131 countries who tackle volunteer programs that impact every cause. You can start a Power to the Period donation drive or donate new boxes of period products to a drive in your area between now through Friday, September 30.Visit UbyKotex.com, DoSomething.org/Period or text PERIOD to 38383 (in the USA) to learn how to get involved.
I’m absolutely in love with Youtuber┬áIngrid Nilsen. She was one the first youtubers I watched back in 2009ish. She’s really focused on lifestyle and self improvement content on her channel, and her honesty is so refreshing. (She’s got this ~cool older sister~ vibe goin’ on.) She┬áis also passionate about increasing access to period products for the homeless so she got involved with the Power to the Period donation Drive. You can see her in the Power to the Period PSA here.┬áThe U by Kotex┬« brand will also make product donations on behalf of DoSomething.org Power To The Period contest winners. Participants can sign up for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship*.
Be sure to visit UbyKotex.com to learn more about other Period Projects and to request a U by Kotex┬« product sample. Join the online conversation with #PeriodProjects!
This post was sponsored by U By Kotex, but as always this post is 100% my honest opinion! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!