Published: Nov 22, 2017
MENSTRUAL PRODUCT DRIVE 2017
At a time of year when Greater Victoria generously helps those less fortunate, there is a need that is often overlooked – access to affordable menstrual products.
The Period Posse, a collective action group, is collecting menstrual products on behalf of the Cool Aid Society and is encouraging donations be dropped off at locations around the city Nov. 27 to Dec. 20.
Accessing menstrual products can be challenging for many people. Menstrual products are needed regularly and are not commonly donated to social service organizations. Many people require multiple products while menstruating (i.e. tampons, panty liners). High prices and lack of accessible options leaves many people without menstrual products, forcing them to use makeshift-methods. This can have serious physical and mental health implications
The Period Posse is accepting donations of panty liners, tampons, pads, menstrual cups, and underwear. Donation boxes are available across Victoria at: Hide and Seek Coffee, Cold Comfort Ice Cream, BPM Indoor Cycling Studio, the UVic Graduate Student Society General Office, the UVSS Food Bank and General Store. New donation boxes are regularly being added – please see our map for all locations. Cash donations are welcome and can be made to CoolAid.org/donate. Please note on the donation form that your charitable gift is for menstrual products.
The Period Posse
The Period Posse is led by Lindsay Shaw, a Master’s student in the Social Dimensions of Health program at the University of Victoria; and Research Assistant at UVic’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and the Leadership Victoria Society. "This is an important campaign to address a need for so many people in our community. It has huge potential to provide comfort and meet the needs of people in our city," said Shaw.
Shaw originally wrote about the idea of a menstrual product drive for a UVic undergraduate class assignment in 2015. This November, Lindsay thought of the idea again while walking downtown. "To be honest, I was griping with a friend about the price of tampons. I saw a young person asking for money, and I wondered how they were able to get menstrual products. I looked into it further and saw there was a huge need for large-scale donations of menstrual products in Victoria. From there I began to organize the Menstrual Product Drive."
Lindsay Shaw, 250-618-9585, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine O'Brien, Manager Sandy Merriman House, 250-893-7103, cobrien@CoolAid.org