In many parts of the world, for many different reasons, there are women who are in need of effective menstrual products. It might be too expensive for them to buy them, or they may not even be available at all. This problem affects young women/girls in schools and orphanages (often orphaned as a result of war, or disease), remote village women, women in areas of natural disasters and even women's shelters. There are thousands of women in need of these basic items we consider a necessity.
If you've ever made an emergency trip down to the shops to buy a pack of pads or tampons.... think about what it would be like if there were no shops to buy them from, or no money to afford them.
Since finding out about the problem that exists for women with a lack of suitable menstrual products, I vowed to do something about it. So I created the www.donatepads.org website, and have tried to spread the word about the need for menstrual pads to be donated to women in need.
I've personally sewn up over 650 cloth pads to donate through various organisations. I have also run pad donation drives encouraging women to also sew up pads to donate, and have probably collected another 400 or so from others and sent them to the organisations in large shipments.