The Period Purse needs storage space

Megan Scott of The Period Purse.

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A little more room would be a big help for The Period Purse.

The Sault Ste. Marie group that collects menstrual products, toiletries and clothing for women in need is hopeful to find donated space to store its inventory in time for its spring blitz.

Co-chair Megan Scott’s spare bedroom is “full of items” in-between the twice yearly drives. Her mother and co-chair Jami Della Vedova also keep donations at their residences.

The sought-after space would, ideally, also be used for packing parties when purses are filled with feminine hygiene products, deodorant, dental care products and tuques, socks and underwear.

Right now it’s a lot of moving things around which we probably could eliminate if we had some kind of space,” said Scott.

Ben R. McMullin and Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle have hosted earlier packing parties. The public school, on Paradise Avenue, will be the base where donated items from a fall drive are assembled Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.

Filled purses will be distributed to Pauline’s Place and to women attending a Christmas meal at St. Vincent Place.

Donations can be brought to Sault Ste. Marie YMCA and Canadian Mental Health Association from Oct. 15 to 26.

Scott’s goal is to collect enough contributions to fill 200 purses.

The Period Purse has “a good stock” of menstrual products and socks, but needs purses.

Hats and mitts would be nice right now,” said Scott.

She’s encouraged by contributions made during the summer by first-time donors, recent inquiries asking to help at the packing party and a jump in likes of the group’s Facebook page.

It’s pretty nice knowing that people are always thinking about us and trying to find ways to help us,” said Scott. “I think people are starting to know what we are and what we do.”

The Period Purse received its charitable status after its spring drive.

“I’m not exactly sure if having charitable status will impact us, but I do think it opens us up for the possibility of future monetary donations from businesses and individuals,” said Scott.

Chocolate or granola bars, washcloths, bars of soap and scarves are also being sought by The Period Purse.

Donations can be dropped off at YMCA, at 235 McNabb St., weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CMHA, at 386 Queen St. E., accepts items Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Scott at 705-943-8610 or email

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