Since United Way Women United began the Red Cart Project in late 2019, the effort to provide students with free, easy access to feminine hygiene products has seen amazing progress. Thanks in large part to community partners who have run collection drives and donated products, Women United has been able to continue its support across Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. In 2021 alone, 29 carts have been given to schools across our area of service to expand existing resource support systems, along with over 1400 kits. Each kit contains 9 tampons and 5 pads, which adds up to 12,600 tampons and 7,000 pads we've been able to supply schools with! Considering most schools have only just returned to a majority in-person schedule this September, that number is a great success. That being said, the need for new supply is always present. As more schools request to be a part of the Red Cart Project, and participating schools need re-supplying, the Red Cart Project will continue to need the support of members of the community. If you would like to run a collection drive or have any questions about the Project, e-mail Stephanie Bobb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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