Our favorite part of #HappyPeriod is how hands-on they are. They don’t just arrange for tampons and pads to be delivered from afar, by calling and emailing. They’re on site at homeless shelters, every single month, handing out bright yellow bags of menstrual hygiene products directly to homeless individuals. VonChaz says the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Homeless women line up every month and wait for the #HappyPeriod team.
When she first started distributing the products, there was one woman in particular who stood out in her mind. On the second or third month VonChaz started coming around with the yellow bags, the woman said to her, “I was waiting for you. I was here last month and I wanted to come back and see you to make sure you weren’t bullshit.” I’m sure she learned that neither VonChaz nor #HappyPeriod is bullshit. They really do walk the talk. They’ve only been doing the work since last year, but they’ve already spread out to Miami, New York, and Atlanta.
As if you needed yet another reason to love these ladies, get this. They’re huge advocates for the LGBTQ community. VonChaz made sure she explained to me that #HappyPeriod recognizes that women aren’t the only ones who get their periods. There are some trans individuals out there who menstruate as well, and they need tampons and pads just as much as the rest of us. It’s a message that needs to be spread.
Are you psyched? Do you want to get involved? You totally can! We all can. VonChaz says you don’t have to have any special skills to get involved. You can even start small by spreading the word about #HappyPeriod and similar organizations that are dedicated to providing homeless individuals with menstrual hygiene products. Share their stuff on your social media accounts. Send related articles to your friends and family.
You can also lend a helping hand by calling your local homeless shelter and finding out whether they distribute menstrual hygiene items to the community. If not, donate a few boxes of tampons and pads yourself. Better yet, get in touch with the #HappyPeriod Initiative. Maybe you can help them set up shop in yet another city. Because let’s face it, the more places they do their work, the happier periods we’ll all have.