The Same Kits Project
My youngest daughter, Mina, and I are in the ground-level stages of a project we call the Same Kits Project. We are assembling kits of feminine hygiene products for homeless women. The idea was inspired by a group of students out of the University of Georgia who did the same. It’s an amazing idea that, to us, felt like an obvious and impactful way to help women in need.
Women are the same in many ways, but nothing more similar as we all get our period. Mother Teresa got her period. Your grandmothers, mothers, wives, and daughters did, do or will get their period. There is enough shame around the subject no matter our means. (Incidentally, society’s collective “gross out” on the subject does not have it go away for us.) With shame comes avoidance of a subject, so when we talk about the hygiene needs of the homeless, the conversation is usually centered around accessibility to water, soap, toothpaste. We hardly ever talk about feminine hygiene product needs.
From an article in governing.com last April:
“Women who don’t have access to the proper materials have to resort to whatever is around — like socks and rags (and newspaper) that aren’t clean — to absorb their flow and keep the rest of their clothes from getting soiled. Most women menstruate for between four and seven days. That kind of prolonged exposure to dirty and soiled items can lead to a vaginal infection, which experts say can suppress the reproductive tract’s natural defenses and weaken the immune system. That in turn can make a woman more vulnerable to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, which is a cause of cervical cancer.”
Putting together these kits is practical, but also a fundamental need. We are excited to help. And so is our Strongwoman Society who will help assemble kits.
During the week of November 16 – November 21, we will have a product drive here at the gym.
Please bring what you can of the following during these dates:
- tampons, all sizes
- sanitary napkins, all sizes
- travel-size hand sanitizer
- travel-pack wipes
- travel-size packets of Midol or Advil
If the idea of bringing tampons to the gym is embarrassing, imagine how it feels to have no supplies when you get your period while living on the street. Every month.
Thank you so much for the support!
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