Menstruation shouldn't be the reason to choose between a meal or your period

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Homelessness is an issue that can impact anyone at any point in their lifetime. Forbes magazine listed the Las Vegas community as the eighth highest populated city with homeless people. Many issues can surface that effect homeless people, one that effects homeless women directly is menstruation and the ability to receive menstruation products.

Approximately 39.7% of all homeless people in the United states are women. In the Las Vegas area there is an approximated 7,000 residents who are homeless, according to the Southern Nevada Homeless Census done at the beginning of January. Of the population, approximately 2,779 of them are women. Menstruation is known to occur to women throughout their lifetime. One study shows that women have approximately 500 periods during their lifetime. We have been "blessed" to have products that will help with menstruation and our hygiene such as pads/tampons. These products range from $4-$7 dollars a box and will usually last you 1.5 cycles. For homeless women this amount of money can be the difference between a meal or feeling good during their cycle.

In Southern Nevada, programs such as The Shade Tree help homeless women with shelter where they can use the facility to shower, sleep, and get a hot meal. Donations are given to these organizations but there is limited supplies to hand out on a regular basis. These menstruation products come at a cost of luxury and shouldn't force women between eating or their period. There needs to be an organization or project, such as the Period project, here in Southern Nevada that has an emphasis on providing care kits to homeless women. Large corporations, that have an emphasis on making menstruation products should donate more products, especially to cities with a higher homeless population. With their help a variety of organizations can open up and help women, not just in Southern Nevada but throughout the Country. 

Included below are links to the donation pages of organizations in our city that help homeless women and strive for their progression back into society.

- http://www.theshadetree.org/home/ways-to-make-a-difference-2/why-support-the-shade-tree-2/
- https://donate.vegasrescue.org/for/evergree/info/1036326



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