United Way and Windsor District Labor Council are teaming up again today for their sixth annual Tampon Tuesday event.

This year, the community is encouraged to drop off and donate menstrual hygiene products while driving, due to social distancing protocols for COVID-19.

Event organizer Leilani Logronio says it’s important to donate these products because they are often overlooked.

“Menstrual hygiene products are one of the most requested but under-donated items in our food banks and shelters and no one should be without something so essential. It’s also to raise awareness about menstruation and menstrual poverty, breaking the stigma and normalizing the conversation,” she says.

She says access to these menstrual products is essential.

“Can you imagine being in this situation, being at the grocery store and having to choose between buying milk and eggs versus this product and without this product you miss work or school?”

Logronio says they’re trying to make donating as easy and safe as possible this year.

“So people can come in through McDougal and drive one way and you’ll see our drop-off stations for people to open their trunks,” she continued. “And we will have volunteers to remove the products and you can leave Giles.”

According to a press release, 16 high schools in the region are also organizing collections in support of Tampon on Tuesday.

Proceeds will be redistributed to those in need, through the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association’s network of 15 organizations.

The event takes place at the Centraide office at 300 Giles Boulevard East from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on how to donate, visit Centraide website.

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