The 2,400 homeless women in San Francisco between the ages of 20 and 50 years old face a certain, unique problem when that time of the month arrives. But a new nonprofit called the Project Blossom aims to make that problem a whole lot less awkward, handing out more than a thousand (and counting) gift bags of feminine hygiene products to homeless women in San Francisco, Marin, Berkeley and beyond.
“Project Blossom hands out sanitary bags to homeless women to aid them in managing their monthly female menstruation cycle,” the project’s founder Tine Christensen tells SF Weekly in an email. “Each bag consists of female products, hand sanitizer and wet wipes. We are collaborating with BOSS in Berkeley, Center for Domestic Peace in San Rafael, and San Francisco [Homeless] Outreach Team to distribute the bags.”
While Project Blossom has institutional help distributing the gift bags, they could use your help with donations to fill those bags. To that end, their donations page has a PayPal link, an Amazon wish list link, and an address to which you can have feminine products sent for distribution.
“Blossom hands out 1,200 bags a year, distributed quarterly,” Christensen says. “Our mission is to improve the lives of homeless women and to empower homeless women to reclaim their life, give them a voice, dignity, and hope.”
While currently a northern California project, Blossom has also distributed bags in Philadelphia, and has plans to expand the program to New York later this year.