Toledo woman helps to reduce stigma with a feminine hygiene drive for homeless, low income

One of several donation spots placed in public locations throughout the city (courtesy:nbc24.com).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- "Just because times are tough doesn't mean your period stops," said Maureen Brogan, owner of the Original Sub Shop & Deli. For Brogan, taking care of her customers and her community is part of her job.

In the sandwich shop, she's using a donation box to be a part of a bigger conversation.

"We are participating in 'Fight homelessness period. a feminine hygiene project drive for the homeless and underhoused."

The Sub shop is one of nearly a dozen local businesses participating as drop off locations.

The project was started by Toledo Resident Sarah Skow after watching an online video.

" It talked about the difficulty women were having accessing products," said Skow.

Three years ago she started with a simple idea. She focused solely on collecting women and feminine hygiene products and donating them to local shelters.

"We've collected tens of thousands of products," said Skow. While it's about helping the less fortunate it's about taking a look at the sales tax on feminine items, which some women deem unfair.

"It's not just a homelessness issue to realizing that low income women have some issues getting these products because of how expensive they are."

On Tuesday Nevada became the 10th state to eliminate a 'pink tax' on menstrual products, Skow hopes with concentrated effort one day Ohio might be included..

"It's so expensive to access some of these products," said Skow.

For a list of full pariticpating locaitons visit the event page on Facebook.

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