A Letter from Ashley Judge on January 27, 2018
Perhaps you recall Christmas 2016, when I asked y’all to help me collect 1000 tampons for an organization working towards enhancing the dignity of women in need. We gathered 6,742 tampons, 970 pads, 1,654 panty liners and 36 bras!
It was almost effortless and undeniably beautiful how quickly people plugged their credit card information into Amazon and immediately the donations started rolling in! We’re going to do it again: of course we should.
I’ve permanently earmarked space in my company’s warehouse to stock feminine hygiene products for HAWC’s Emergency Family Shelter. I’ll work with the organization to stock the house at a pace that fits their needs, so they won’t have to turn down superfluous generosity in the name of space.
This shelter can house up to seven adults and 18 children for an average of six months at a time. HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) strives to help abused women, children, men, and nonbinary people live free from violence and fear. They provide a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to more than 2,500 families each year. For more info, visit here: https://hawcdv.org/about/
Aren’t we all in agreement that a basic human dignity, like feminine hygiene, is not a thing these women should need to think of? We’ve got this. We’re not going to let them think about the cost of this most basic human need for one millisecond on our watch, right?
Send me some tampons, please!! You may drop them off or mail them to my office. Amazon Prime is a speedy option.
The Funtrepreneur, Inc.
100 Cummings Center
Beverly, MA 01915
(office # is 978-969-6230 if you need it for shipping).
* unopened boxes of tampons
* unopened boxes of pads
* unopened (see the pattern? unopened only!) boxes of pantiliners
* unopened cases of diapers
* household items like toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap – with approval only. This is a house and they do have household needs, but please don’t send these without e-mailing me (ashleyjudge AT alwaysfits DOT com) for permission, so we can check with the organization. We want to HELP, not “help”. (you know the difference!)
Spread the word. Tell your friends!
P.S. Join our Facebook group for more information and stay in the loop: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176657029767808
P.P.S. re: disposable vs. reusable: "HAWC clients are very often in a period of transition while receiving services. While they may be temporarily living in our Emergency Shelter, the goal is always to help them find permanent, safe, and sustainable housing for themselves and their children. As such, clients may not always have access to their own, individual private bathroom or washer and dryer set to properly clean reusable products in a timely manner necessary for best hygiene. Disposable tampons and pads are the most conducive to this period of uncertainty and transition our clients are facing while trying to free their lives of abuse and work toward a healthier, safer life."