Pads, tampons, menstrual products are a necessity for women, but at times, can be a luxury.
“If you don’t have a stable household, or you’re living on the street it’s hard,” says Arevalo.
The average cost of tampons or pads is $7, that’s a box of 36. With 12 cycles a year, add over the counter medication for cramps, it’s estimated women spend $120 a year on their period.
“A total burden, if you want to find a job, you have to look like presentable and if you’re on your period, you can leak through your clothes,” says Arevalo. “Sorry if that’s graphic, but it’s reality.”
That’s where PERIOD The Menstrual Movement comes in.
Ashley Arevalo started the Corpus Christi chapter a year ago, in hopes of preventing women in need from using napkins, rags, or plastic bags as alternatives.
“It’s just not safe, it can lead to infection,” says Arevalo.
Arevalo along with volunteers make period packages. Filled with a variety of feminine hygiene products, including organic and environmentally friendly items.
They deliver them to shelters at least once a month.
“10,000 pads, liners, tampons that we’ve donated,” says Arevalo.
So far they have partnered with The Purple Door and Mother Teresa Shelter.
Shedding light on the issue and giving women dignity, in times of need.
“They can take on the day even though they’re not in the best situation,” says Arevalo.
Period Corpus Christi will be hosting a rummage sale this Saturday, August 4th, at BUS Bar Under the Sun. The proceeds will benefit their organization as well as the Corpus Christi Maternal Mental Health Coalition.
It will be from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information visit their facebook page Period Corpus Christi.