I know, I know. No one likes to talk about their periods. We all cringe when tampon commercials are on tv. We make sure we cover up boxes of pads and tampons with other things in our grocery store baskets, but let's be real, women have periods every month and not only are they a hassle, they also cost money. Whether you buy tampons or pads, having a period every month is money out of your pocket which is no big deal if you have money, but what do you do if period products aren't in your monthly budget?

The YWCA El Paso del Norte Region is taking part in International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021, a project that is all about normalizing the conversations about menstruation, changing negative social views of menstruation, and getting together much needed items for people in their programs who struggle to get period products. International Menstrual Hygiene Day is Friday, May 28 and the YWCA will be collecting period products at YWCA locations and on their Amazon Wish List. The YWCA’s Transitional Living Center for women and children, the Rapid Rehousing Program for individuals and families coming out of homelessness, the Teen Leadership Program, and others will be getting this vital products. These are people who are literally living penny to penny and getting period products will make their lives so much easier.

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Here are some pretty sobering facts about just how important your donation can be:

2/3 of low income women in the United States struggle to afford period products
80% of teens feel that periods are gross or unsanitary
1 in 4 teens have missed class because they lack access to period products

We know how much of a problem it is when we're unprepared and our periods start in school or a public place but we just go buy the products we need. Now imagine not having that luxury. Please help if you can by clicking here to donate.

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