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Canada ‘Tampon Tuesday’ collection drive in Peterborough supports women’s shelters and programs

23:05  07 march  2018
23:05  07 march  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Updated: March 7, 2018 11:55 am. ‘ Tampon Tuesday ’ collection drive in Peterborough supports women ’ s shelters and programs . By Niki Anastasakis and Greg Davis Global News.

‘ Tampon Tuesday ’ collection drive in Peterborough supports women ’ s shelters and programs . Feminine hygiene products are expensive, and they’re items people don’t always think about donating to women in need.

Feminine hygiene products were collected for women's shelters and programs during Tampon Tuesday in Peterborough. © CHEX News Feminine hygiene products were collected for women's shelters and programs during Tampon Tuesday in Peterborough.

For many women, that "time of the month" isn't exactly a walk in the park, but for some, getting their period is more than just an inconvenience, it's a financial challenge.

That's why some women got together on Tuesday night for Peterborough's second annual Tampon Tuesday at The Junction.

The event collects donations of feminine hygiene products for women who can't afford them.

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"It happens before International Women's Day," said Lisa Smith, director for United Way Peterborough and District. "The idea is to look at and celebrate how we, as a community, can support women who may be experiencing poverty, or be marginalized in some way, by donating feminine products, which can sometimes be unaffordable for those individuals."

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‘ Tampon Tuesday ’ collection drive in Peterborough supports women ’ s shelters and programs . Feminine hygiene products are expensive, and they're items people don't always think about donating to women in need. globalnews.ca.

"We had a little drive in the office and we brought a shopping bag full of products," said attendee Julie Morris.

The donations were forwarded to several shelters and programs, including the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Cameron House, the Youth Emergency Shelter, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and Thursday's International Women's Day Event.

Tampon Tuesday originated in London, Ont., in 2009. Now, it's being marked in 26 communities across Canada.

"It's a product that many people don't necessarily think about donating," said Marion Burton, president of the Peterborough and District Labour Council. "It's a very expensive item for women."

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The United Way and the Peterborough and District Labour Council organized the night.

To donate any feminine hygiene products, you can visit the United Way on Stewart Street.

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