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Tamponathon Begins

The Feminine Hygiene Product Collection Ends August 14
provided by Tampons For All PWC

“Prince William County needs tampons,” said Tamponathon founder, Montclair’s Emma Young. “More broadly, shelters, distribution pantries, and homeless outreach organizations have need for feminine hygiene products to distribute to their female clients. The products are essential, and can be scarce in such environments,” she explained. “I reached out to a few groups and all were immediately enthusiastic; together we could provide these women with a measure of dignity and alleviate stress. The Tamponathon was born,” stated Young.

One such group, and a collection point, is the award-winning Manassas-based marketing firm, Imagine. “Since tampons and pads aren’t something that people like to think about, or that there seems to be some taboo to them, they’re always scarce in homeless shelters. That’s alarming when you consider how important they are. There are currently thousands of women experiencing homelessness throughout Prince William and northern Virginia, so when Imagine learned about the need for these products among the homeless community, we were on board without giving it a second thought. I’m surprised that a campaign to provide them these basic necessities hasn’t been developed already,” said Patrick King, Imagine’s Founder and CEO.

The Tamponathon began on August 1 and runs through August 14. Two collections points, Imagine in Manassas and the Montclair Property Owner’s Association in Montclair, are established. “We are accepting tampons, pads, period panties, menstrual cups- basically, if it helps women with their periods, we accept it,” said Young. That includes opened boxes, as long as the individual product is sealed.

Four organizations are set to distribute the donations: Woodbridge-based Woodbridge HUGS, Manassas-based Sacred Heart Food and Clothing Pantry, Dumfries-based St. Francis House, and Occoquan-based The Good News Community Kitchen. “We hope to expand to other organizations and areas of the county next year upon success of our inaugural year,” said Young.

Success seems assured. In the first four days of the 2-week collection, the Tamponathon collected over 2000 tampons and counting. Groups, such as Montclair Moms, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Quantico Ward, and Fit4Moms Lorton/Woodbridge reached out to their members to boost outreach and collection numbers. “Individuals are key- and not just women. Kevin Seiger-Cottoms brought our first-ever donation before the Tamponathon officially began and Patrick King developed our logo. People such as Carmen Strong, who helps run our Facebook page, Karmon Primas-Hailey, who has shared the information throughout the county, and Rebecca Vaughn-King, who mentors the organization, proactively volunteered to help, and I couldn’t do it without any of them,” said Young. “I’ve found the people of Prince William County generous. When they know of a need they seek to meet it, when our community learns of suffering, they seek to alleviate it,” said Young.

Collection Hours:  Imagine in Manassas are “9-ish to 5-ish” M-F, MPOA 8:30a – 5:00p M, Tu, Th, Fr and 8:30a – 8:00p Wed.

For more information, visit Tampons for All PWC or Tamponathon, Summer 2017 on Facebook.

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