Third Annual Tampon Drive for Bill Wilson Center

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It's estimated that over 10,000 homeless people live on the streets of Santa Clara Valley, and many of these individuals are women, children, and teens. A few years ago, I saw this video about the luxury of tampons for women living on the streets. Imagine that- living in a world in which tampons are a luxury! It inspired my daughter, Jeannessa, and me to do something about it. In 2016, we rallied our community and collected over 100 boxes of tampons for the Bill Wilson Center, which offers a myriad of services to support impoverished youth and families. (My friend and doula, Allana used to be a case manager there for young moms getting on their feet.) When we brought them in, we learned they are also in need of underwear, as many kids come to Bill Wilson with just the clothes on their backs, so last year we collected underwear, as well. This year, we collected tampons, underwear, and socks. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s drive. With your help, we collected a total of:

2049 tampons
554 pads
This will support approximately 12 menstruating women for one year.
77 pairs of socks
55 pairs of women’s underpants
7 pairs of men’s underpants

Items were delivered to the Bill Wilson drop-in center in downtown San Jose on December 23, 2018.