A BENDIGO group is collecting sanitary products this month to support those experiencing period poverty.
Share the Dignity is a national organisation that collects pads, tampons, and other necessary items for women who are homeless, experiencing family violence, or struggling financially.
Loddon Murray regional leader Lauren Read said the August Dignity Drive was more important than ever, given the issues that have stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In Bendigo, we are seeing increased numbers of people experiencing financial difficulty, homelessness, and women fleeing their homes due to domestic violence," Ms Read said.
"As Bendigo based Share the Dignity volunteers, we ensure that your donations are passed onto local service providers who are looking after these vulnerable people in our community.
"The packet of pads or tampons you pop in our collection box will mean that a person in Bendigo won't have to use an inadequate substitute during their next period - such as toilet paper or a face washer."
Ms Read said people could donate items at Share the Dignity collection boxes located at every Woolworths store in Bendigo.
There would also be non-contact collection point at the front of the Living Quarters Bendigo store in Adams Street, Quarry Hill.
Ms Read said there was a particular need for tampons, maternity pads, and teen pads in this month's collection drive.
"We know that there are new mums and young girls in Bendigo not able to access the right products for their needs, which is why we ask for these specialist products," she said.
"But we are grateful for any donations of period or incontinence products.
"We are seeing a slight increase in requests for reusable products, and while in theory these are a great solution, they are not always a practical option for the people needing our products.
"The best resuable product to donate would be period underwear, as they are simple to use and easy to maintain. These are available at supermarkets and chemists."
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