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Make a Difference. Period.

Period poverty is a pervasive issue affecting millions worldwide, with 2 in 5 girls, women, and menstruating individuals lacking access to menstrual products and proper education about menstruation. This crisis not only impacts health and well-being but also hinders education and work opportunities. With the rising costs of period products due to various factors, including cotton shortages, many are left with limited options, risking their health by prolonging the use of tampons and pads beyond recommended durations.

The Sharing Shelf is committed to addressing period poverty here in Westchester and ensuring that everyone has access to the menstrual products they need. Our current initiative aims to collect 50,000 pads and other supplies to distribute through our programs to schools and nonprofits county-wide. We believe that together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by period poverty.

During May, we are placing pink donation boxes at homes and businesses throughout Westchester. Currently, we have more than a dozen boxes in place or ready to go, but we need your help to expand our reach and make an even greater impact.

Here are a few locations where you can donate: the Pamplemousse Project, MamaRX Village & Wellness, Stratton Pharmacy, the Clay Art Center, Christ Church in Pelham, Greenwich Academy, Rye Beach Pharmacy, Rye Ridge Pharmacy and Trotta’s Pharmacy.

How You Can Help:

  1. Become a Donation Site: Place a pink donation box where your friends or customers can see it. Whether you have a front porch, storefront, or another creative location, your support will help raise awareness and encourage others to contribute.
  2. Spread the Word: Share a picture of your donation box on social media, tagging The Sharing Shelf and using hashtags such as #FlowingKindness, #MayFlowForAll, #CycleOfCaring, and #makeadifferenceperiod. Let your friends, neighbors, and followers know about the campaign and invite them to participate.
  3. Encourage Contributions: Invite your friends, neighbors, and customers to drop off supplies at your donation site. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a meaningful impact on someone’s life.

To add your name to our list of donation box hosts, please contact Kate Levy or Jen Morris for more information. Your support will play a vital role in helping us reach our goal of collecting 50,000 pads and other supplies to distribute to schools and nonprofits county-wide.

Our donation drive will run until May 31, 2024. We encourage everyone to participate and help us reach our goal of collecting 50,000 pads and other essential supplies.

Together, we can make a difference and create a more equitable future for all. Thank you for your generosity and support.