Pad, Tampon Drive to Benefit Durham Nonprofits

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The Eno River Women’s Rugby Football Club and the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham are cohosting “Bloodsport III: My Bloody Valentine," the third annual pad and tampon drive that will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Pinhook (117 W. Main St, Durham).

The nonprofits that will receive these in-kind goods collected through Bloodsport III include The Diaper Bank of NC and Partners for Youth Opportunity. Attendees are asked to bring unopened pads, tampons and/or new women’s or girls’ underwear. Cash donations will be used to purchase additional supplies for partner organizations.

A number of local businesses have signed up to be collection sites now through Feb. 16, including The Pinhook, The Retreat at Brightleaf, Rock Paper Scissors Salon & Gallery, Center Studio Architecture, Liberty Arts, Carmen! Carmen! Salon, Ipas and The Tranquility Company.

Women who menstruate will have about 456 periods over 38 or so years. This amounts to lots of pads and tampons that cost between $6 and $10 dollars a box. On top of that, most states tax pads and tampons as luxury items adding to the costs of menstruation (not to mention the costs associated with dealing with premenstrual syndrome). For lower-income and/or homeless individuals, accessing these necessary hygiene products can be difficult, leading to negative impacts on employment, education and health.

The Eno River Women’s Rugby Football Club is the oldest women’s rugby club in the state of North Carolina. Practices are held in Durham, and games and tournaments are played throughout the Southeast. The club is open to new and experienced players. For more information about Eno River Rugby, visit or contact Lauren Sheridan at

Established in 2010, the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham works to improve opportunities for Durham girls and women by fundraising through community-based women’s arm-wrestling competitions. For more information about this organization, visit or contact


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