I’m very excited to share this post sponsored by U by Kotex® to bring awareness to a very important cause – Period Projects. There’s something to be said about the comforts of home. Food in the fridge, cozy blankets on the couch, and dogs who greet everyone at the door are comforts that I’m currently missing.
This past month has been a whirlwind. There have been some very high moments and some very low moments, too. We are in a season of transition… which isn’t always bad, but it would be much simpler if we knew what we were transitioning to. You see, my husband and I had to move out of our apartment the second week of August – the day after he graduated with his PhD – not knowing where we’d move next. We’re in limbo wondering if/when/where he’ll get a job.
For many people, this would be an impossible situation, but we are very fortunate to have friends and family who have come to our aid. In my darkest moments I’ve complained about our “homelessness” over these last several weeks, but I’m always snapped back to reality when I think about how fortunate we are. Our families have graciously taken in all of our possessions so that we don’t have to rent a storage facility, our friends have taken us into their home, and we are constantly reminded that we are loved.
Still, it has been difficult. I’ve come to realize that there are certain comforts that leave you when you don’t have somewhere your own to come home to. Having all of our things packed in boxes while I’ve continued to live and work has presented a few (first world) problems.
Our stocked “pharmacy”, for instance, sits 200 miles away at a family member’s home. When my husband and I both fell ill with a summer cold, we had to get out to the store to purchase cough medicine and throat lozenges. Many comforts of home have been lost for us right now.
But still, I think about how lucky we are and I’m humbled. I am so grateful to have a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, and my job. There are so many people who have no comforts of home because they literally have nothing. They struggle to find their next meal. They long for a safe place to sleep. I think that we forget that many of the homeless are women and that most live even without proper feminine period products. When I think about how good my current “bad” situation is, it makes me want to do something!
Period Projects Donation Drive
U by Kotex® is bringing power to the period with donation drives for feminine period products. To learn how you can get involved, visit the Period Projects website. When donating, please remember to give unopened packages of period products like pads, panty liners, tampons, etc., as opposed to individually wrapped items. This keeps the products more hygienic, and it’s important that people are able to read any instructions on the package.
Y’all, there are so many comforts of home that we’re unable to give others. Most of us can’t afford to put a roof over a stranger’s head or even feed them for a month, but we can make women’s periods easier to manage by making sure that they have access to the products they need. The next time you’re on a drugstore mission for tampons and chocolate, pick up a spare box for your local homeless shelter.
Thank you to U by Kotex for sponsoring this post. I am so excited to spread the word on this very noble effort.