On Saturday from 7-11 p.m., community members can donate feminine hygiene supplies such as tampons, pads and menstrual cups at the Orange County Social Club in Carrboro. The “Go with the Flow” event will include cocktails — possibly featuring blood orange —with locally produced kombucha and a period-themed soundtrack.
Allison De Marco, an organizer of “Go with the Flow” and also a member of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and the Community Empowerment Fund, said those two organizations make sure homeless people have food, but they forget about the necessity of menstrual products.
After hearing about a similar event in Durham, De Marco said she wondered if Orange County was doing the same to provide these products. This led her to create “Go with the Flow.”
“One of the things that is important about this is that menstrual products are taxed as luxury goods, which means women with low incomes are already paying more for these products,” De Marco said.