Yes, you read that correctly, and no, I haven't lost my mind!
Today I became aware of a local need to which I hadn't previously given much thought. Here's the article that jiggled me out of my complacency and privilege:
Tampon Tuesday Aims to Increase Access to Feminine Hygiene Products Province-wide
Apparently and unsurprisingly "period poverty" is an issue world-wide. I had always been aware that access to adequate, affordable and safe feminine hygiene products was an issue in third world countries, but I had never considered that it might be an issue in my own back yard. As I dug around a bit, I've come to realize that there are women everywhere fighting against "period poverty."
Here's the Tampon Tuesday story in Canada:
"In an effort to support the annual Spring Food Drive, CTV London toured the London Food Bank in March, 2009. CTV London’s Community Relations Coordinator Mandi Fields noticed that there were no feminine hygiene products in the non-food item cupboard. Jane Roy, Executive Director of the London Food Bank explained that people simply do not think to donate them.
The next month, CTV London created “TAMPON TUESDAY”.
Six women attended the first Tampon Tuesday event on April 7, 2009 – they donated one package of feminine hygiene products, enjoyed free food courtesy of Jack Astor’s and discovered an interesting new way to network their business. Due to the response we have been meeting ever since!
TO DATE, OVER 330,000 BOXES OF PRODUCT HAVE BEEN DONATED."
...An admirable effort, yet when you think of all of the women in the world requiring feminine hygiene products (more than 800 MILLION women menstruate daily!), it's obvious that we need to do so much MORE!
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Period Poverty: Everything You Need to Know
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Around the World in 28 Periods
Here's the story of one *MAN* who went above and beyond the call:
The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary
Can we really do less?
Tampon Tuesday events will be held across Canada (and I'm pretty certain your own country) on March 10, 2020 in honour of International Women's Day (March 8th).
In the spirit of Lent and alms-giving (and solidarity with women around the world), My Divine Miss O and I will be in attendance with as many boxes of tampons and pads that we can inspire our friends and family to donate.
How about you?
Might you be able to extend the hand of sisterhood to girls and women in your own community? Google 'Tampon Tuesday' in your area, or simply drop off a donation to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or middle/high schools.
Regardless of how we journey these next 40 days we will, each of us, meet...
...at the foot of the cross...
...outside the tomb praying with hope and a faith that will never left us orphaned to grief...
...in the Upper Room trembling with unspeakable fear...
...on the road to Emmaus feeling lost...
...perhaps even returning to the desert again and again to retrace our steps...
And, whatever is coming our way, I believe we will make it to the other side, together.
All of you will be in my prayers (so many of you are also struggling with challenges only prayer and faith can overcome)... and I pray your Via Dolorosa is blessed... that you arise to new life in whatever way you need it this next Easter Sunday morning! Throughout this Lenten season may the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours, moment by moment, in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!
May God abundantly bless you, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as you rise to new life with our Lord and Savior, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!