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A campaign supporting women in need is back.

Tampon Tuesday is next Tuesday, October 19th, with donations of tampons, pads, and other menstrual products being accepted at the United Way office in Chatham.

As with last year, the campaign is being held as a drive-thru to ensure social distancing.

Pads and tampons are some of the most requested but under-donated items at foodbanks and outreach programs across Chatham-Kent.

“Sometimes, the most basic needs are the hardest to meet,” coordinator Margery Muharrem says “For women and girls living in poverty, each month often brings a tough choice – does she buy a box of tampons, or does she skip a meal? No one should have to face that kind of choice or feel shame. By donating to Tampon Tuesday, you’re ensuring equality and dignity for your neighbours.”

All donations are welcome – pads, tampons, and menstrual cups, as well as other items such as shampoo and soap. Financial donations and gift cards are also accepted.

Bright pink donation bins are also located throughout the municipality – donations can be left there as well.

Tampon Tuesday was initiated in London, Ontario in 2009 by CTV reporter Mandi Fields. Since then, the initiative has collected more than 400,000 boxes of product across Canada. Tampon Tuesday is supported by the United Way, Women United, Canadian Labour Congress, and BellMedia.