Some of you may have seen this video where homeless women are asked about having their period on the street. And if you were like me, it hit a cord, because admittedly, I hadn't considered this before. And as a women that made me pretty ashamed.
Remember being in school and having your period start? It was embarrassing, it was uncomfortable and it was an emergency! So consider having to deal with that monthly, only you can't run to your locker or to the school nurse. Humiliating, demoralizing, panic-inducing are a few words that come to my mind.
Stay with me, I'll try to keep this short - This stayed with me, so I reached out and began a conversation with some wonderful women in the non-profit/women's outreach sector for some help and guidance which led to us launching the beginning of our Code Red campaign over the holiday season.
Heartbreak Boutique will serve as a drop off location from Nov 25 – Dec 17 for donations of pads, tampons, and wipes and with that we will assemble monthly “Period Packs” that will be available at various locations throughout the city (TBA). This will be an ongoing initiative so that these basic and necessary items are available at all times to the over 80 women in our community needing a little extra help.
We welcome any and all contributions, it may seem like a small thing to you, but I promise it will make a big difference to these women.
For more info check out Facebook Event