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.