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All impoverished women need feminine supplies — not just on Tampon Tuesday, advocate says

A local shelter worker says she hopes donated feminine hygiene products go to all women on fixed incomes — not just women in shelters.
Karen Hoeft, the executive director for the Salvation Army's New Life Centre and Cedar Place in Sudbury, says women on fixed incomes struggle the most because pads and tampons aren't covered under their financial assistance. (Marina von Stackelberg/CBC)
A local shelter worker says she hopes donated feminine hygiene products go to all women on fixed incomes — not just women in shelters.

Tampon Tuesday is a initiative by the local United Way to collect donated pads and tampons for women in poverty.

The event will be held Feb. 28, but Karen Hoeft wants donors to know they can drop off products before — and after — that date.

Hoeft is the executive director for the Salvation Army's New Life Centre and Cedar Place in Sudbury. She says women on fixed incomes struggle the most because pads and tampons aren't covered under their financial assistance.

A Sudbury shelter worker says she hopes all women in poverty receive the pads and tampons donated to Tampon Tuesday, not just women in emergency shelters. (Eric E Castro/Flickr)

"This is your disposable income," Karen Hoeft said.

"Do you buy tampons or a gift for your kid to go to a birthday party? Do you buy swimming passes or do you buy tampons? What do you do?"

Hoeft says there's always a need for feminine hygiene products, and hopes people will donate every day, year-round, to places that help people who struggle to make ends meet.

"This is a real budget item and it's a real impact on food, shelter, things that your kids do," Hoeft continued. "This is real."

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