For the past two years, we have hosted our Menstrual Drive, where we collect tampons, menstrual cups, and pads for a local Atlanta women’s homeless shelter. There are more than 50,000 homeless women in the United States and every day, those women are forced to choose between food or menstrual items. They are using shirts, socks, and other items as replacement pads for their menses. And while donations of jackets, toys, and blankets are appreciated for women and mothers at shelters, menstrual items are the least likely to be given.
For our annual drive, we set up drop off locations around the Atlanta area where locals could take their donations. Our Amazon wishlist held menses options from organic pads and tampons to reusable menstrual cups. In total, we collected more than 400 menstrual items to be distributed out to homeless women. We had over 100 care packages donated, many well wishes, and even more orders through our Amazon wishlist. To everyone that participated, thank you. This work could not have been done without your help.
To wrap up our Menstrual Drive this year, we held a Period Party to serve menstrual education. The aim was to properly educate women and young girls on their bodies so that they would be prepared to embrace their periods through diet, exercise, understanding their discharge, and by incorporating natural and organic methods into their lifestyle.
Our three panelists served as our educators. Tierra Burrell presented “Mastering Your Menstrual“, explaining how daily water intake, exercise, and leading a plant based diet can shorten the span of your period, increase your energy level, and improve your overall health in lifestyle.
Dr. Maeling Murphy gave an extensive conversation on Charting Your Cycle to help women better grasp what happens “down there” during your ovulation. By charting your cycle, women are able to use natural family planning versus birth control to either prevent pregnancy or work to get pregnant.
AnaMarie Shreeves presented knowledge on how reusable pads can help reduce waste on our planet. Also, by using reusable pads that are made from organic and natural material, can improve womb health and reduce complications that come with your menses every month due to the chemicals used in standard products.
From the team here at Black Moms Blog, we want to say thank you to our wonderful panelists, our guests, and our community that helped make this movement a reality!
All photos courtesy of Shots By Priiincesss