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Why the fairy pod mother is on a mission to give you a tampon

Amanda Miknev travels around London and St. Thomas delivering 'pods' or little jars with a pad and two tampons. She hands them out to people and places them in easy to find locations, including public bathrooms.

Amanda Miknev is handing out tampons and pads to Londoners

Amanda Miknev is on a quest to improve access to feminine hygiene products in the region, (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

She's been called the tooth fairy, asked whether she's tinker bell and certainly had a lot of people stop and stare.

Amanda Miknev doesn't mind though. She's crafted her own identity as London's fairy pod mother. And that's an important part of her costumed persona, to get people curious and talking.

Miknev travels around London and St. Thomas delivering 'pods' or little jars with a pad and two tampons. She hands them out to people and places them in easy to find locations, including public bathrooms.

"My ultimate goal is to really start the conversation about access," said Miknev.

"I've forgotten my pads when I'm out places, all women have. So I'd like for those instances to not exist as frequently."

Miknev's idea of improving access to feminine hygiene products in the region came from Tampon Tuesday events in London, in which tampons are donated to local food banks, shelters and other organizations that work with those in need.

But Miknev noticed that even though all these feminine hygiene products were being collected, it's often still difficult to find tampons and pads the moment you need one.

'I could be a fairy for a day'

She wanted to come up with a creative way of handing out her pods, when the name fairy pod mother hit her like a sparkly bolt of lightning.

"I thought, well I could do that. I could be a fairy for a day," said Miknev.

Miknev started giving away the pods in June. She doesn't just look for young women, she hands them out people of all ages. If that person can't use it, she asks them to pass the pod on to somebody in need in their community.

Each pod, which Miknev leaves in easy to find places, contains two tampons and a pad. (Julianne Hazlewood/CBC)

The most encouraging aspect of the initiative is the response she's received from girls in high school. Miknev said students have reached out through social media and told her they're inspired to give out their own pods.

Miknev has taken her pods on the road, making deliveries in Toronto and Mississauga. She hopes to spread her wings even farther, delivering more pods across the province.

About the Author

Julianne Hazlewood is a multi-media journalist who's worked across the country at CBC newsrooms as a host, VJ, reporter and producer.