Tampon Tuesday

Tampon Tuesday

Donation Drive

United Way KFL&A is excited to host their fourth annual Tampon Tuesday collection drive in the region. This initiative will once again work locally with national Tampon Tuesday partners Bell Media, organized Labour and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Starting March 1 and running until March 31, 2023, community members are encouraged to donate pads, tampons, liners and other menstrual hygiene products. The donation drive aims to fill a gap in the Kingston Frontenac, Lennox & Addington area.

Early collection dates – If you are eager to donate, Move 98.3 in partnership with Cataraqui Centre will be collecting donations at Centre Court from February 17th to March 7th. 

“These collection drives are extremely important for so many in our community,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “There are so many individuals who are vulnerable when it comes to menstrual hygiene. We are grateful for the wonderful response every year and look forward to another successful drive.”

Collection Sites

February 17th to March 7th
Cataraqui Centre,
945 Gardiners Road, in partnership with MOVE 98.3: drop off at Centre Court during mall hours 

March 1 – 31st 
United Way KFL&A Office, 
417 Bagot Street: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Napanee, Amherstview and throughout Kingston – look for donation box

Starbucks locations in Kingston – look for donation box

Cher Mere locations in Kingston – look for donation box

Products can also be donated through an Amazon wishlist and monetary donations can be made online. Community members can also contact the United Way KFL&A office at 613.542.2674 or at events@unitedwaykfla.ca if none of the above options or locations work and a pickup or drop off can be arranged.

Following the donation drive, products will be sorted by volunteers and distributed to various agencies in the community (list below).

Posters and other information

Workplaces, neighbourhoods, families, individuals – everyone is encouraged to get involved and start their own drives. Use the posters and information sheet below for your collections and please let us know if you would like your location added to the list above:

2023 Tampon Tuesday Poster
2023 Tampon Tuesday Collection Site Poster
Tampon Tuesday Information Sheet

About Tampon Tuesday and past drives

Started in London Ontario, Tampon Tuesday is a program about dignity. The grassroots movement began in 2009 and continues to grow as an opportunity to collect products for people experiencing period poverty. 

In 2020, United Way KFL&A initiated the first Tampon Tuesday drive in this community, partnering with workplaces, Bell Media, local labour partners, Queen’s University for a Tampon Tuesday  donation drive. Over 45,000 hygiene products were donated and distributed to agencies and individuals in need in the community. 

In 2021, United Way KFL&A partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart  and they generously offered their stores as collection sited and over 128,000 hygiene products were donated and distributed.

In 2022, the donation campaign continued to grow with over 134,000 products donated through the month long campaign in March.

Some of the agencies that received these products include: 

Addiction & Mental Health Services
Boys & Girls Club
Dawn House
Dress for Success
Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston
Girls Inc
HIV/AIDS Regional Services + Mobile Unit
Integrated Care Hub
Home Base Housing – One Roof, Rise@one4nine, In From the Cold
Independent Living Centre Kingston
Kingston Community Health Centres Kingston & Napanee
Pathways to Education
KHSC Detox
Kingston Interval House
Kingston Youth Shelter
L&A Interval House
Lionhearts Inc.
Lunch by George
Maltby Centre
Martha’s Table
Morningstar Mission
North Frontenac Food Bank
Partners in Mission Food Bank
Resolve Counselling Centres
Rural Frontenac Community Services
Salvation Army Community &
Family Services – Kingston & Napanee
Southern Frontenac – Food Bank
Street Health
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Youth Diversion

"We are so grateful to those who support Tampon Tuesday. These essential items are so often overlooked when providing supplies to those in need. Assistance like this allows people who need this support to have more dollars for food, shelter and other necessities to help keep them healthy and well. Thank you to the United Way and community donors for recognizing and supporting such an important initiative."