Women face a number of unique physiological challenges, many of which can be extremely uncomfortable.
Menstrual cycles alone can cause intense pain that can last for up to 10 days. Owning a pair of breast also contributes to back pain and general discomfort, if not properly supported. These are just two things that can create physical difficulty in a woman’s everyday life.
Many of us have adapted rituals and found items that help us alleviate these discomforts, such as a good fitting and supportive bra, heating pads for menstrual cramps, frequent showers to rid yourself of the icky feeling of menstruation, etc. With these creature comforts, it can be difficult to completely rid yourself of the general discomfort, particularly with regard to menstruation. With that in mind, it is difficult to imagine how difficult it is for women who are not afforded even the most basic of amenities in dealing with these issues.
Distributing Dignity is a New Jersey based, nonprofit organization that works to alleviate some of the concerns of women in need, by donating bras, tampons, and pads to homeless shelters and centers. The organization began in 2009 after donating gently used business clothes to a homeless day center and finding that many of the women did not have proper bras to wear with the clothes. Pads, tampons, and bras are badly needed for homeless women and girls, but are seldom donated due to cost and other factors.
Distributing Dignity aims to help women and girls who are: in and aging out of foster care; seeking refuge from domestic violence or abuse; homeless vets, teens and others; women struggling with life altering illness; as well as women displaced by disaster.
If you want to give to Distributing Dignity there are a few ways to do so. You can donate directly to their website here, you can organize your own collection event; or if you are an Amazon shopper, you can purchase through their link here and .5% of your purchase will go to Distributing Dignity.
With all the conveniences that many of us use daily, it’s easy to forget that some people are unable to afford the basics. To learn more about Distributing Dignity check out their website DistributingDignity.org