Local group donates thousands of feminine products

Posted at 7:39 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 07:39:44-05

A group called Helping Women Period dropped off more than 50,000 pads, tampons and panty liners to 15 local charities on Wednesday.

This is the fourth annual feminine hygiene product drive.

Organizers got the idea after reading about a shortage of supplies among low-income women.

"If you're making a food bank donation or a donation to a shelter, besides the typically things that you would think of like shampoo and toilet paper, think of pads, tampons. A lot of the clients of those facilities are of child-bearing year or they are elderly and need bladder control pads. Those are the things that are a shortage year-round," said Amy Stephenson of Helping Women Period.

Helping Women Period uses the money donated to buy in bulk. A $100 donated could buy 1,000 tampons or 500 pads.