Corina Luckenbach and Melanie Granger are collecting 1 million tampons for homeless women and girls.
The pair live in Seattle, where city and county officials have declared homelessness a civil emergency.
Luckenbach, stated, “Our homeless population has really — I’m from Seattle and it’s really exploded the last few years with the housing boom. And there are tents everywhere, and it’s a constant debate, like what are we going to do? And we’re constantly moving people and displacing them. And the weather is awful.”
Granger explained, “How could we connect to our community? And the way we decided to do that was bring bands together, bring the community together, and have them know and bring awareness to what’s around us, which is our homeless youth, homeless mothers, homeless daughters.”
They ended up housing a “Musical Lovefest” at the café Luckenbach owns and where Granger’s band often performs. They asked guests to bring a box of tampons as their entry fee, to give to hundreds of homeless women and girls. And, even after the concert, tampon donations kept flooding in.
The women plan to host a concert every time they collect 100,000 tampons. Their ultimate goal is to collect 1 million tampons and take the taboo out of periods.