In America, 1 out of every 3 women lives at or near the poverty lEVEL. That means over 42 million women struggle to afford tampons or pads EVERY SINGLE MONTH.
On average, a woman needs about 250 tampons or pads each year, but many lack access to these basic care items. Infrequent changing of tampons or pads is unhealthy, unsanitary and unsafe. Not having access to these products is unthinkable. Shelters are in constant need when it comes to female care goods. We can change that together.
For the second year in a row, we are asking the city of Des Moines and surrounding areas to put aside any discomfort with female periods, and donate an unprecedented number of tampons and pads to benefit our local shelters and services. September 2016 we collected over 51,000 items for local shelters and organizations — read more about last year's drive here.
We are determined to double our total donations from last year and plan to collect over 100,000 items this September!
How Can I Help?
We're collect physical donations at many drop-off locations around the metro, and we also accept monetary donations. Read below for details!
We've talked with each of the shelters and organizations to identify which items their clients prefer. The greatest need is unscented tampons with cardboard applicators in a variety of absorbency — regular, light, super, etc. We've price shopped all major retailers and learned that Target's up&up brand is the cheapest price per item (as well as great quality).
The shelters and organizations are also in need of pads. We're accepting all types of absorbencies, but wings and ultra-thin pads are often preferred — no liners please! Once again, Target's up&up brand is the best quality product for the lowest price — but we'll accept whatever you are able to donate!
We want donating to be as simple as possible, so we're also accepting monetary donations online! The DSM Girl Gang is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization so your donation is tax deductible. To ensure donating is as simple as possible, we've provided several options outside of donating physical items. 100% of every dollar will go directly to the purchase of tampons or pads and donated to the organizations. Donate now via PayPal, Square Cash or Venmo!
Who will this help?
Our goal is to make a positive impact for hundreds of women in the Des Moines Area. We've selected five organizations in need of feminine products. We are currently working with Youth Emergency Services & Shelter, Young Women’s Resource Center, House of Mercy, DMARC Food Pantry Network and East High School to provide them with as many donations as possible.
We have over 30 drop-off locations located across the Metro and Ames. We've teamed up with DMARC Food Pantry network to collect donations via the Red Barrels located at grocery stores across Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Windsor Heights, Clive and Ankeny!
- Hy-Vee (DMARC Red Barrels)
- Fareway (DMARC Red Barrels)
- Price Chopper (DMARC Red Barrels)
- Gateway Market (DMARC Red Barrel)
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market (DMARC Red Barrel)
- Des Moines Social Club Downtown
- Ali Cakes Ames
HOW DO I DONATE MONEY?
To ensure donating is as simple as possible, we've provided several options outside of donating physical items. 100% of every dollar will go directly to the purchase of tampons or pads and donated to the organizations. Please provide your name + email so we can send your tax-deductible donation receipt!
CAN I DONATE MENSTRUAL CUPS LIKE DIVA AND LUNA?
The organizations in need of feminine care products do not accept menstrual cups at this time. While menstrual cups may seem like a great solution for these women who face challenges of poverty and homelessness, limited access to clean water and health care services pose a serious health concern for women as the menstrual cup cannot be properly cleaned or cared for.
WHAT IS RED ALERT?
"Red Alert! A Period Project" is the brainchild of several members of the Des Moines Girl Gang. If you have any questions, comments or ideas please email email@example.com
- CW Iowa Live Morning Show [9/6/16]
- "Des Moines Girl Gang leaps into action with period project" | Des Moines Register [9/16/16]
JOIN us on Social
Follow the #redalertdsm hashtag and tag us when you share your donations on social media!