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Girl guides need communty’s help gathering menstruation products
Tannin_Driedger-Bradshaw,_15,_at_the_Public_Library_on_Tuesday_where_she_talked_about_her_Girl_Guidew_unit's_project_to_collect_unused_menstrual_products_for_charity._(Evan_Saunders)

The moon changes the tides, the Earth goes around the sun, and women and girls get their period.

And, for something so constant, it is a wonder that menstrual supplies are not more accessible or, indeed, not freely supplied to all women in Canada.

That is why the Niagara-on-the-Lake girl guide Ranger unit needs help collecting all forms of unopened menstrual products to donate to Period Promise, an organization dedicated to ensuring no one has to go without these essential health items.

Period Promise “helps youth or any people who are struggling find these things,” said 15-year-old Tannin Driedger-Bradshaw, one of the Rangers collecting supplies.

“It’s really important because it’s a necessity, not a luxury.”

Driedger-Bradshaw and Period Promise note the pandemic has made it more difficult for women from all walks of life to obtain menstrual products.

Menstrual products “should be something that’s given since it’s something that half the population goes through. You have to spend a lot of money and sometimes, especially during the pandemic, it’s hard to get.”

The project will help the guides earn their Ranger Service Project award.

“For our badge we wanted to just do something that helped youth and people around in our area,” she said in an interview at the NOTL Public Library on Tuesday.

“And since it’s girls in our unit — the Girl Guides of Canada — we decided we would do something to help people like us.”

The group will be collecting products from now until March 4. Items can be dropped off at 23 Annmarie Dr. in Virgil.

“Anything unopened, unused menstrual products like pads, tampons or anything” are welcome, Driedger-Bradshaw said.