Tampon Tuesday, an event that was started by CTV in London, Ontario in 2009 to support the annual Spring Food Drive, has spread like wildfire across the province and even in other parts of Canada as well.
The United Way of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District held the first local Tampon Tuesday event at the Grand Theatre on March 6th, joining the fight to assist women in need to acquire feminine hygiene products.
With their partners, affiliates of the Sault Ste. Marie & District Labour Council, boxes upon boxes of menstrual products were donated, and $75 additional dollars were raised, which the United Way will use to purchase a few additional boxes.
23 women and 2 men showed up at the event to network, socialize, indulge in snacks provided by the Grand Theatre, and of course, support women.
Drop off depots were located at Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), United Steel Workers District 6 Office, and Stone’s Office Plus.
United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2251, 2724, 9548 as well as Algoma Elementary teachers’ Federation of Ontario, did their own collections as well.
Shoppers’ Drug Mart, a proud supporter of female empowerment, donated products to the cause.
Additionally, all who attended the event brought products as admission to the event.
All donations will be distributed to agencies and organizations including the Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Sault College and Algoma University Food Banks, the Indian Friendship Centre, Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Centre, Women in Crisis, and Breton House.
Maureen Dodd, Director of Marketing Communications and Planned Giving, explained, “We plan to make this a yearly event, and with the connections that we have made with women and businesses tonight and throughout the planning of this event, we plan to have smaller drives as well.”
She continued, ” this is an ongoing need, it is not a ‘once a year need,’ it will never go away. We can collect products until the cows come home and we will still have people who need it.”
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the event but want to help out, products will be collected at the United Way to give to partner organizations until March 29th.
For more information on the United Way and how to #EndPeriodStigma, visit them here.