Tampon Tuesday donations down this year

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Volunteers with the United Way of Chatham-Kent showcase some of the donations for the organization’s annual Tampon Tuesday, which took place Oct. 18 this year. It was the event’s sixth year.

By Serenity Acorn
Special to The Voice

Chatham-Kent residents, businesses and groups have been donating women’s hygiene products every October for six years at United Way Chatham-Kent (UWOCK) and the Tilbury Information and Help Centre. 

This year, on Oct 18, 81 vehicles went through the drop-off zones and made donations of 1,800 women products, which is significantly different from last year’s donations of 2,532.

“Donations were down from last year, but we think it’s important to note that the cost of products has gone up approximately nine per cent since last year, which could account for the drop,” Karen Green, marketing and communications manager at UWOCK, said. 

Nevertheless, the Women United branch of UWOCK was able to give these donations to 23 different local organizations and agencies, including the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre and local schools. 

Volunteers met very generous and positive people all day, including the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen who donate the most feminine products every year. 

At the head of volunteers were Green and Tek Savvy’s Dava Robichaud.

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