The holiday season is finally upon us! No matter what holiday you celebrate, if any, there is something magical in the air this time of year. Beyond the twinkling lights, jolly Santa décor, and peppermint hot chocolate; this is a time for reflection of the past year and anticipation for the year to come. These past two years have been difficult for many around the globe, but there is still much to be grateful for – so remember to take some time out of your day to reflect on your successes and growth.
One of my favorite ways to give thanks is to give back. To me, that’s what the holiday season is all about and I know the same holds true for numerous families around the world – perhaps that’s the magic we feel in the air.
There are a multitude of ways to give back to your community and it does not always have to be monetary. You can donate unused clothing, volunteer at a local food bank, or even write thank you letters to your apartment building’s custodial staff. Community support comes in many forms!
In the spirit of giving, I wanted to share with you some menstrual health organizations dedicated to ending period poverty and ensuring everyone who needs menstrual supplies receives them this holiday season:
- UltuCup x PERIOD. – UltuCup is partnering with PERIOD. for their 12 Days of Giving campaign to help raise awareness on period poverty. In addition to donating 150 menstrual cups to a local high school, they will be donating 28% of the proceeds earned on each menstrual cup sold during these twelve days to PERIOD.
- PERIOD. – If you are in need of menstrual products, you can request products from PERIOD. They also accept donations of menstrual hygiene products. I also recommend browsing around their website to read more about the other incredible work they are doing for menstrual health education and advocacy.
- I Support the Girls (ISTG) – If you are looking to donate more than period products, ISTG accepts donations of menstrual hygiene products and bras. Their website is linked above to read more about their service-oriented mission and their dedication to helping women experiencing homelessness get access to basic essentials. And if you or a loved one are in need of any essentials, you can fill out a form to request products from ISTG!
- DivaCup – For more creative ways to give back, check out this Holiday guide created by DivaCup. From starting your own local period product drive, to advocating for greater access to menstrual hygiene products in the workplace, this article outlines some impactful, yet simple, ways to help end period stigma and period poverty.
I hope you are able to give thanks and spread some holiday cheer this season in whatever way you can. We made it through these difficult times by coming together in support, and we will continue to get through 2022 by leaning on our communities for support.
I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year – see you in 2022!