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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:14:02 AM
I just read the post on the school supply list requesting tampons. It made me remember that I have two Costco-sized boxes and a few normal-sized boxes of tampons sitting in my hall closet. I think both of the Costco mega boxes are unopened. If the boxes are open, the individual tampons are still wrapped and sanitary, of course.

I used to keep all of my bathrooms stocked for guests and family. Now, I no longer need them and my friends/family are pretty much all to the age that they don't either, there is no need to keep so many on hand. I hate to throw them away because tampons are an annoying expense and a necessity. I thought someone on a severe budget would appreciate receiving them.

I can't think of a single friend or family member to give them to. What can I do with them, other than toss them? (And I have no desire for a Christmas tree filled with "sanitary angels" next year.)

Do you think a woman's shelter would accept them? Or is it too gross to accept donated tampons? I'd just like to see them put to use rather than get trashed. Well...not actually "see" them put to use, but you know what I mean.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:15:57 AM
Call a women's shelter and ask! I am sure they would appreciate donations like that. They must need them sometimes, and I bet not a lot of people think to donate personal supplies.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:16:31 AM
I've seen them on the donation request list of local shelters. So, as long as the package is unopened, I'm sure they'd appreciate them. I'm not sure about the open boxes however.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:17:26 AM
I would guess that they would

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:18:14 AM
They would definitely take them. Our church did a hygiene drive last year. We collected soap, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper and tampons. The small travel sizes were given to the homeless shelter and the larger boxes went to the food bank. They have section just for items like these.



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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:18:59 AM
I volunteer in our town for an organization that works with homeless teens, and feminine products are always high on the needs list, as lots of times people are embarrassed to donate them! Yes!!

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Posted: 7/27/2013 11:21:24 AM

I'm not sure about the open boxes however.
When you call ask them if they will take them: they are individually sealed. If you can't locate a shelter, call your board of heath. The well baby clinics might take them.

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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:05:12 PM
I work in a food pantry. We get requests for hygene items every week. Even if the box is open, the items are wrapped individually. We can definately give them out.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 12:38:09 PM
Awesome! I just got the boxes out and I have over 500 tampons. For a while there, when at Costco, I couldn't remember if I had many left, so I would keep picking up a box while there. And since I kept them in different bathrooms, I had no idea I had amassed so many.

I have a bunch of cell phones collected from friends to take over to Laura's House, a local woman's shelter. I just sent them an email asking if they would accept them.


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Posted: 7/27/2013 2:04:49 PM
How about call local schools? Our school nurse keeps supplies for girls that have their period arrive when they are not prepared.

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Posted: 7/28/2013 12:16:57 AM
Most churches, women's shelters, and teen programs will take them

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Posted: 7/28/2013 3:59:43 AM
I volunteered with low income teen at an inner city church. The parents cared little for most of these kids. Hot water and shampoo were luxuries. The girls were thrilled to get tampons, shampoo, body wash and deodorant. One girl's family was angry at her because she refused to have a welfare baby at 14 then 15. Her mom did nothing when the dad started to od. When he died, the mom moved in with the boyfriend and spent all their money drinking and going to the casino. So awful.

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