Importance of Donating Feminine Hygiene Products
Transitioning out of homelessness is a challenge that people in our community struggle to overcome every day. With over 4,177 individuals experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County, individuals struggle daily to find food, shelter, and safety. But every 28 days, women experiencing homelessness (about 37% of the homeless population in Portland) are faced with another issue: menstruation. Here in Portland, women trying to transition themselves and their families out of homelessness are often forced to go without the feminine hygiene products that help them stay clean and healthy.
Every month, many homeless women have to choose between purchasing feminine hygiene and their next meal. Most states carry a sales tax on toiletry products not covered by SNAP, and some women exchange their food stamps for money for tampons. (Fortunately, Oregon is one of the remaining states without a sales tax on feminine hygiene products). Without menstrual products, the alternatives that women resort to can lead to long-term health risks, including tract infections and cervical cancer. The financial burden of menstruation is one you can help relieve by donating a new box of tampons or maxi pads.
No one should have to sacrifice their self-respect every month because they cannot afford a basic necessity. Donate individually sealed and packaged menstrual hygiene products, like tampons or overnight pads with wings, and give back a woman’s dignity as she transitions out of homelessness.