“Moshi, Tanzania — Every month when payday came around, Suzana Frederick purchased a packet of sanitary pads. It was the first thing she bought. And when her period started, she knew she was ready for it. The 19-year-old single mother from Arusha, Tanzania, was making 30,000 shillings ($13) a month as a housekeeper and would spend […]
Special Announcement! Helping Women Period Chicago is now The Period Collective
Imagine being down to your last $5 and having to choose between tampons to get you through your period—or buying dinner for your family. Or, picture not being able to go to work—or school—because you don’t have the products you need to get through the day comfortably. For thousands of low-income women in the United States—and in the Chicago area—it’s reality. And that’s where we come in. For us, it’s more than giving women comfort. It’s giving them their health and dignity back.
The Period Collective (TPC) is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, providing feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income women throughout the greater Chicago area.
In addition to donating to our cause, there are plenty of ways to get involved with TPC. Whether you have a few hours a week, a month, or a year, we’d love your assistance with fulfilling our mission.
TPC provides pads, tampons, liners, wipes, and incontinence products—partnering with local organizations to distribute products through homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities, prisons, schools, and food banks.
Shelters and food banks very rarely receive donations of feminine hygiene products—and there’s a dire need. These products are not covered by SNAP (Food Stamps). Homeless women can be left to improvise with donated socks or wadded up toilet paper, often with limited access to showers and clean bathrooms.