Volunteers collect thousands of pads and tampons for Seattle students

A group of volunteers based in Ballard recently hosted a back-to-school tampon drive, collecting over 6,000 pads and tampons to be distributed to Seattle Public School students.

Local nonprofit Seattle T2P2 will now organize the pads and tampons into 500 “period packs” for schools around the city, and they’re hoping to get a few more volunteers. The Period Pack Packing Party will be on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11am to 1pm at the Locust Cider taproom in Ballard (5309 22nd Ave NW).

Volunteers plan to put 10 tampons and five pads into each waterproof period pack for distribution. “Students shouldn’t have to worry about pads and tampons when they get their period in school,” Seattle T2P2 founder Kate Hawk-Ritenauer writes in the event info.

“Pads and tampons are essential for young students getting their periods in school, but they can be hard to come by and expensive for this young group,” Hawk-Ritenauer writes. “People often host traditional school-supply drives to donate things like backpacks filled with paper and writing supplies, but pads and tampons are often overlooked as an essential supply.”

The packing party is a family friendly event, with an arcade and Nintendo games on site for kids. To learn more or RSVP, click here.

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Mike O'Brien
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Mike O'Brien

This is great news!

Anybody But Mike O'Brien
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Anybody But Mike O'Brien

The T2P2 campaign has raised zip so far, Mike. When are you gonna dig into your deep pockets to support it?

Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me <3
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Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me <3

very important!

Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me <3
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Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me <3

very important!

Amy
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Amy

Weird that these girls parents can afford to live in Seattle, kids probably have phones, nails done etc. But they don’t have $6 (less for a generic box) A month for tampons? I mean im not saying it shouldn’t be done, just odd. Have never met a person so poor they were having their period everywhere.

Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me .<3
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Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me .<3

Good point. The only thing is that tampons are a necessity, having to buy feminine products shouldn’t limit people from affording luxury items such as cell phones especially seeing all the boys afford cell phones because they don’t have to buy them

Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me .<3
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Seattle’s Chapped Lips Smiling At Me .<3

Yeah! I also forgot to mention that they put tampons in public restrooms for emergencies. And this might become something we might have to subsidize one day.. There’s all sorts of reasons

Dworkin
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Dworkin

Don’t question the Great Vagina or u will be sent to gulag, Bigot!

Scott
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Scott

Spot freaking on!! I call the cabal of “women” here the “local 69 vaginal union”. Fear the beard.

Homeless On the Range
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Homeless On the Range

“Spot” on? Pun intended? Seriously, I have no idea what you’re lobbying for and/or against with this one Scott.

Ballard parent
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Ballard parent

It sucks to be in school, start your period and have nothing on you or at home.

Scott
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Scott

“Life happens AFTER you make plans”, get used to it.

Truth
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Truth

Wow. An article about a group of people selflessly collecting tampons for teenage girls and the comment thread is full of our resident sockpuppet troll shitposting under his many schizophrenic names.

What a very sad life you must have.

Dworkin
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Dworkin

Yes. Thanks for your brave comment!

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Seattle has become an embarrassment.

Perma PMS
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Perma PMS

Yep. Estrogen in the water, soy milk everywhere.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

That explains the soft fat techies who can’t tie shoes but what caused the old drunken Scandinavians?

guest
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guest

Kill yourself, things will improve dramatically for everyone.

elenchos
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elenchos

That’s it.

If MyBallard won’t even delete “kill yourself” online harassment, this site is garbage. I’m out of here. Enjoy talking to yourself, socky.

Ya, Sure, You Betcha
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Ya, Sure, You Betcha

Like anybody will believe that?

Dave
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Dave

ding dong the witch is dead

Guest is right
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Guest is right

hahaha riiiiiiight.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Don’t go elenchos! I just figured out you’re the asshole in this story giving Rv’s back to homeless people. You suck.
https://komonews.com/news/local/seattles-rv-auction-shuffle-has-towed-vehicles-appearing-back-on-the-streets

Heidi
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Heidi

Those young people who can’t afford tampons, but have a $800.00 phone and a $10 Starbucks drink???
What about organic tampons and pads?
Joke

Dworkin
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Dworkin

Bigot! Trumper!

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

toxic masculinity shock syndrome

Barista
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Barista

They should put antivirals in these period packs in case the young ladies work at Starbucks.
Muh bathroom rights!

“All three employees also produced hospital, pharmacy and insurance receipts that show they took anti-viral medications to protect them from AIDS and hepatitis — after all three were poked by needles while on the job.

One barista said customers put needles “in the tampon disposal boxes in the bathrooms, and we have to dig them out.”

The three baristas all spoke with KIRO 7. Only one was willing to be interviewed on camera, as long as her identity was hidden.

“I don’t want to lose my job for being the only one willing to say, someone listen to me. Do something about this. My friends are at risk,” she said.”

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/starbucks-baristas-poked-by-discarded-needles-1/845466157?utm_source=homestream&utm_medium=site_navigation&utm_campaign=homestream_click

Max
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Max

There’s nothing funny about this. Period.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

What about the homeless junkies? Don’t they get free tampons too?

David
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David

Rumor Has It that a special facility will be available for students wishing to spend the night while picking up their tampons, there will be no charge to stay there, it will be known as a stayfree mini pad…