08 Mar T2P2
We are a menstrual product donation collective committed to disrupting period poverty throughout Seattle and beyond. T2P2 stands for “Towers of Tampons & Pyramids of Pads.”
Why are we #HelpingPeoplePeriod?
Menstrual products are expensive! We founded Seattle T2P2 on International Womxn’s Day 2017 to provide menstrual products to low-income and unhoused people. Tampons and pads are considered “luxury” items ineligible for purchase on government assistance programs like food stamps. If you’re a person living on the streets, in transitional housing, or a young adult, it can be hard to afford $13.25 a month for menstrual products.
Without these products, people have to improvise using rags or use toilet paper while staying near public restrooms for several days. Watch this video from Bustle which explains what it’s like to be unhoused and unable to afford menstruation products. While organizations servicing these people do an excellent job of providing a safe place to sleep and a warm meal, they often rely on what is donated to them. These donations don’t typically include menstruation products like pads, tampons, or liners.
T2P2 operates through partnerships with organizations and businesses to build and distribute their Tower of Tampons & Pyramids of Pads. Physical drives are being hosted continuously at different locations around Seattle, including small businesses, retail locations, and schools. Their donation drives range in size and scope – from a ‘Stuff the Trunk’ event at Green Lake Park to a ‘Drop & Drink’ at the Stepping Stone. All of these events bring the community together to join forces with their colleagues and friends to support our womxn neighbors experiencing homelessness. Many of their donors and partners have even gone as far as to add a donation drive box to their retail location or asked friends to bring a box of tampons or pads to their private get togethers. Timing is up to the individual or business hosting the event. Most drives are hosted for two weeks. After the two weeks, they will coordinate a pick up or drop off of donations. And it’s super easy to host a T2P2 donation drive at your school or business. Simply send out emails, hang up posters and promote on social media platforms to reach your audience with an appropriate message.
How can you help?
This March (Women’s History Month) T2P2 is doing a donation drive blitz for menstruators in need focusing on clients at The Works and Jubilee Reach. Please donate pads and tampons via their wish lists here: Amazon Wishlist or Target Wishlist
Or cash donations at: https://www.seattlet2p2.org/donate
Together, we are#helpingwomxnperiod.