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A nice story of female solidarity

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IAmAmy Tue 14-Mar-17 23:18:32

Thought posters here might like to see this heartening story of a 15 year old girl who's started a campaign to provide sanitary products to homeless people in her area. I think it's excellent, as is that she's received over £1,000 more than her target in donations already. What a great girl.

Broken11Girl Tue 14-Mar-17 23:20:58

Excellent idea.

IAmAmy Tue 14-Mar-17 23:24:13

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 09:42:33

Thanks Amy

dangermouseisace Wed 15-Mar-17 11:41:47

that's such a brilliant idea.

I actually had a homeless person quietly ask me if I had any spare tampons etc. I went and bought her a box. That must have been a humiliating thing for her to have to do.

Notafish Wed 15-Mar-17 13:41:24

Thanks Amy.

M0stlyBowlingHedgehog Wed 15-Mar-17 15:58:06

Brilliant idea - and what a fabulous thing for a 15 year old to be leading.

IAmAmy Wed 15-Mar-17 16:05:47

You're welcome Helen and Notafish.

It is a brilliant idea and I think it's lovely a 15 year old thought of this upon seeing homeless women on her way to school. Such a fantastic girl seeing women in such situations and thinking of how she could help them in some way. An article on it from her local news site is here:

Xenophile Wed 15-Mar-17 16:22:20

That is a fabulous idea. Thanks for posting Amy.

Can I also just ask people to add a couple of packs of tampons/pads to any foodbank donations they make as well?

IAmAmy Wed 15-Mar-17 16:25:19

You're welcome Xenophile and that's a great idea. It's very easy for me to do that as my closest supermarket has a foodbank donation point so I will. Hope her campaign spreads the word around the country!

tribpot Wed 15-Mar-17 16:28:47

I mainly donate tampons to my food bank (rather than, e.g., food) - they often tweet that they're running short.

Xenophile Wed 15-Mar-17 17:38:12

You stars!

I've not needed help from a foodbank, but I have lived in the kind of poverty that means that you have to choose between spending the last of your money on the electricity meter and hope that the food you have in will last or getting some sanitary protection and possibly having no heating or light. So, while I can't speak for all those women, my 15 year ago self thanks you.

jellyfrizz Wed 15-Mar-17 17:45:03

Great idea - well done that girl! I'm ashamed to say that it is something I have never considered.

paddypants13 Wed 15-Mar-17 18:31:22

Did you see the news article yesterday about teenage girls from poorer families avoiding school when they have their period? They often can't afford sanitary products. sad

But of course our government considers them a luxury item...

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 18:38:27

Xeno flowers

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 18:38:47

Is there an online way to shop for food banks?

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 18:39:10

Sorry, I should google. Being lazy

ErrolTheDragon Wed 15-Mar-17 18:42:03

Did you see the news article yesterday about teenage girls from poorer families avoiding school when they have their period? They often can't afford sanitary products.

I didn't see that, but I caught the tail end of something on the radio about this earlier in the week - probably Woman's Hour. It was asking for donations of sanpro to foodbanks.

TyneTeas Wed 15-Mar-17 18:44:40

You can donate money online to a lot of them, but i doubt online shopping is cost-effective

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 18:54:31

Thanks, Tyne, I will look to do that. I always forget when shopping as the container is after the checkouts and there's no sign on the way in.

ErrolTheDragon Wed 15-Mar-17 19:06:58

I guess we need to put it on our lists along with naice ham and pombears.

PencilsInSpace Wed 15-Mar-17 19:18:05

Lovely thread, thank you smile I've donated.

HelenDenver Wed 15-Mar-17 20:36:22

I don't have a list. I wander vaguely as a cloud.

IAmAmy Thu 23-Mar-17 18:24:56 Some more women doing this - according to the video it's part of a national campaign which is lovely (though shouldn't be needed).

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