Support the Girls Donation of feminine hygiene products to Tumbleweed

Support the Girls is a national organization with volunteers, or affiliates, across the country who work hard to collect and donate feminine hygiene products and bras for local shelters and pantries to help women in need. When women don't have access to menstrual products during their periods it can lead to serious health risks, and many shelters struggle to meet the demand of those products.

The donation center at Tumbleweed, a resource and housing center for homeless youths in Phoenix, has a limited supply of feminine hygiene products to give their clients. Kristin Harris, the donation coordinator at Tumbleweed, said they are, "desperate for donations of pads and tampons."

Kristin Harris, center, who works to find donation partners for Tumbleweed, contacted Corliss Seabron with Support the Girls about donations of bras and feminine hygiene products in April.

Support the Girls has gained momentum since its start in 2015. The organization now has 42 locations, or affiliates, across the country.

Corliss Seabron brings boxes of donated menstrual products and bras to Tumbleweed on April 13.

Seabron said she tries to focus on donating to small shelters and organizations like Tumbleweed that can benefit the most from the feminine hygiene products she collects.

Kristin Harris, left, with Corliss Seabron, the Phoenix affiliate for Support the Girls.

Seabron's recent donation to Tumbleweed included 1000 feminine hygiene products and almost 100 bras.

Tumbleweed has a "wish list" online, which specifies donation items that are needed the most, but Harris said people don't always pay attention to those needs when donating to the shelter.

Harris said she reached out to Seabron, center, and Support the Girls when her former suppliers started to dwindle.

Corliss Seabron has donated nearly 4,000 menstrual products since she became an affiliate for Support the Girls in June 2016.

When women in need do not have access to feminine hygiene products during their menstrual cycle, it can lead to health risks such as infection and toxic shock syndrome, according to gynecologist Dr. Jane Rudolph.

Seabron, left, helps Kristin Harris stock the shelves at Tumbleweed's donation center with the feminine hygiene products she collected.

"There is a serious supply and demand problem," Harris said as she was speaking to Seabron about how Tumbleweed sometimes struggles to meet their clients' needs when they don't receive regular donations of feminine hygiene products.

After Seabron's visit to Tumbleweed, the donation center's shelves were stocked with feminine hygiene products needed to support multiple clients who use the shelter's resources. However, donations are a constant necessity at Tumbleweed and shelters like it in order to meet the continuous demand of the products for women who may not have access during their menstrual cycle.

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