An initiative to help raise awareness regarding period poverty is once again taking place this month.
Tampon Tuesday is a national initiative of the United Way as Stacey Schwartz, Community Advancement for United Way Regina explains.
"So locally, we are collecting donations for feminine hygiene products and it's really about raising awareness around period poverty and individuals that can't afford to go and buy basic necessities such as pads, tampons etc."
Schwartz adds that they have partnered with six different local businesses that will all have donation boxes out and will be collecting items until the end of the month. In addition, four local non-profit organizations will be benefitting from the donated goods.
Schwartz provides more details on where residents can donate locally.
"So anybody can stop by one of the six locations. So we have as far as businesses and where you will find the boxes around town to drop off donated items. There is the Newcomer Welcome Center, Shoppers Drug Mart, The Glass Slipper Spa, Fusion Salon and Spa, Bre's Boutique, and Pharmasave."
Cash donations can also be made online here
Accepted items for donation include pads, tampons, diva cups, and hygiene wipes.
According to Schwartz, they had a good response from the community during last year's initiative and they are really hoping that this will help increase awareness, take away the stigma and help the conversation surrounding period poverty. She adds that sometimes people forget about the issue, saying that it's very easy to think of donating food, and sometimes the issue of period poverty is an oversight.
With the support of the community and the local businesses, it is hoped that this will increase the number of items donated which will be distributed to local organizations such as The Newcomer Welcome Center, SouthWest Homes, Southwest Crises Services, and the Canadian Mental Health Association.