Niagara’s third annual ‘Tampon Tuesday’ helps women in need

United Way Niagara press release – Imagine having to make the difficult choice between buying food or menstrual hygiene products. For many people, it’s an unfortunate reality.

“I know a girl who missed a week of school every month. Her family could only spare enough money to buy menstrual hygiene products for her mother so she could go to work and earn an income,” explains Tanya Faulkner, Labour Program & Services Coordinator for United Way Niagara. “In other situations, people who are underemployed, unemployed or homeless may choose to eat a meal instead of purchasing health products.”

Organizations, individuals and social groups across Niagara have been busy collecting donations of menstrual hygiene products on behalf of United Way Niagara for weeks to help make the goal of 6,000 boxes this year. Donations are being accepted up to and including March 5/2019.

Tampon Tuesday is an initiative that started in Niagara three years ago. The purpose is to collect as many menstrual hygiene products as possible to donate to local shelters and food banks.

Join United Way Niagara on March 5, 2019, from 5:30-8 p.m. to celebrate International Women’s Day at one of three locations in Niagara; admission is a box of unopened menstrual hygiene products.

  • Cat’s Kitchen and Bar, 6788 Thorold Stone Rd., Niagara Falls
  • Jack Astors, 400 Ontario St., St. Catharines
  • Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual, 800 Niagara St., Welland

Beneficiaries include: BUSU Food First, Community Care St. Catharines & Thorold, Community Care West Niagara, Community Living Port Colborne/Wainfleet, Fort Erie Multicultural Centre, GBF Community Services, Hope Centre, Pelham Cares, Port Cares, Project S.H.A.R.E, The RAFT, Westview Centre4women and YWCA Niagara.


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