Feminine hygiene drive underway through today

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Volunteers of America (VOA) Northern California and Northern Nevada along with Shanda Golden and Bizarre Guitar have announced the 2nd Annual Golden Tampon Drive. The drive will run through May after kicking off April 28 at Bizarre Guitar.

The goal of this year's “Golden Tampon” drive is to triple last year’s drive, which collected over 1,200 boxes of hygiene products, says Shanda Golden, founder of the program. Golden, a volunteer representative for VOA, is spearheading the drive. All items collected will be distributed to women receiving services at Volunteers of America. Golden says sanitary products are vital for the health and well-being of all women.

Every day in Northern Nevada, Volunteers of America (VOA), a national, nonprofit, faith-based human service organization, provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and affordable housing, and the necessary tools to help families and individuals build a strong foundation to move from crisis to stability. Between its shelter operations and the many programs, VOA serves over 300 women and girls daily.

Staying clean is part of a daily struggle for thousands of women who live on the streets and in our shelters, says Linda Grace, Regional Development Officer for VOA. Maintaining a sense of dignity is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous endeavor. For women living in poverty, managing menstruation is not only another burden on an already stretched budget; it can be a debilitating, even deadly.

On average, a woman has her period from three to seven days and the average woman menstruates from the age of 13 to 51. A woman endures some 2,280 days with her period, or 6.25 years of her life. There are also side effects that accompany the monthly cycle, and all of this comes at a lifetime cost of over $18,000.

For additional information about this event, contact Linda Grace at lgrace@voa-ncnn.org, or Shanda Golden at shanda_golden@yahoo.com.