Fifth annual ‘Tampon Tuesday’ aims to fill a gap for local food banks and shelters

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The United Way of KFL&A has announced the fifth annual Tampon Tuesday collection drive in the region, running through the month of March. This initiative will once again collect menstrual hygiene products to fill a gap in the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) area.

According to a release from the United Way, menstrual hygiene products are among the most requested items at local food banks and shelters, but the least donated. This initiative will work locally with national Tampon Tuesday partners Bell Media, the United Way Centraide’s Labour Programs and Services, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

“These collection drives are extremely important for so many agencies and individuals in our community,” said John DiPaolo, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “There is always a need for these products and many individuals do not have access to them when they are needed. We are grateful for the wonderful response to this donation drive every year, and I’m sure the community will step up once again to show their support.”

Last year, the KFL&A community showed their support by donating over 118,000 products, the United Way shared. After collection, these products are distributed to program users through local agencies and make an impact each day, according to the release.

The United Way said that the products collected will be sorted by volunteers and distributed to various agencies including:

  • Addiction & Mental Health Services-KFL&A
  • BGC South East
  • Dawn House
  • Dress for Success
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston
  • Girls Inc.
  • Trellis HIV & Community Care
  • Home Base Housing
  • Independent Living Centre Kingston
  • Community Health Centres Kingston and Napanee
  • Pathways to Education
  • Kingston Interval House
  • Kingston Youth Shelter
  • Lionhearts Inc.
  • Lunch by George
  • Maltby Centre
  • Martha’s Table
  • Morningstar Mission
  • North Frontenac Food Bank
  • Partners in Mission Food Bank
  • Resolve Counselling
  • Salvation Army Community & Family Services
  • Street Health
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Youth Diversion

“Menstrual hygiene products can be very expensive but are a necessity for many. Can you imagine worrying about buying a product that you need or buying food for your family? We see this with individuals at Interval House, struggling to make ends meet,” explained Leigh Martins, Training, Education, and Volunteer Coordinator at Kingston Interval House. “Having these products donated by the United Way allows us to give them the products they need so that they can use their money to buy other necessary items.”

This year’s drive will once again encourage workplaces and individual collection drives of products. There are drop-offs at locations throughout the region (see below).

Donations will be collected at the following locations:

Until Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2024:

  • Cataraqui Centre (in partnership with MOVE 98.3): drop off at Centre Court during operating hours

From March 1 through 31 individuals can drop off at:

  • United Way KFL&A office, 417 Bagot Street: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • All Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Napanee, Amherstview and Kingston
  • All Starbucks locations in Kingston

Products can also be donated through an Amazon wishlist and monetary donations can be made online — please indicate Tampon Tuesday in your comments. The United Way noted that monetary contributions will be used to purchase items for distribution to community organizations.

For more information and resources visit https://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/tampontuesday

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