Tacoma – The Pierce County YWCA and the Pierce County Democrats announced today their co-sponsorship of the Dignity Drive, an effort to collect personal hygiene products for homeless women living in Pierce County. All donations will benefit the YWCA’s Emergency Shelter. The Drive will end on March 31, 2015.
The public is encouraged to donate tampons, pads, shampoos, soaps, lotions, combs, brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, nail products, toiletry kits or bags, or other similar items. All donated items should be new and unused. Products such as soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, and lotions should be full-sized, not travel-sized.
Thanks to the support of Pierce County Walgreens stores, donors can drop off donated items at any one of 12 local Walgreens stores participating in the drive. A full list of the participating Walgreens stores follows this article. Donations can also be dropped off at the YWCA, 405 Broadway, Tacoma, or at the Pierce County Democrats office, located in the IBEW union hall, 3049 S 36th Street, Tacoma.
“We appreciate Walgreens’ strong commitment to making our community a better place to live for everyone and thank them for supporting this effort,” said Dignity Drive co-organizer Laura Groves. “We encourage drive participants to consider shopping at one of the participating Walgreens for any items they wish to donate.”
Another Dignity Drive co-organizer, Anna Nepomuceno, explained that “Homeless women can often find donated food or shelter. But what they desperately need, can’t afford, and can’t find are the hygiene products they need every month to stay clean, avoid infection, and live with a little dignity.” Ms. Groves added that “Many donors simply don’t realize the huge unmet need for donated pads, tampons, and other hygiene products. With the Dignity Drive, we hope to start meeting that need.”
Dignity Drive organizers hope that communities throughout the County will join them, the Pierce County YWCA, Walgreens, and the Pierce County Democrats in making Pierce County an even better and more caring place to live for everyone. Dignity Drive donations will be accepted until March 31, 2015. Although this Drive will stop collecting at the end of March, the Pierce County YWCA accepts donations of personal hygiene and other items year-round. Questions can be emailed to Dignity Drive organizers at PCDsDignityDrive@gmail.com.
Where To Donate:
Pierce County YWCA, 405 Broadway, Tacoma
Pierce County Democrats office, IBEW Hall, 3049 S 36th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Walgreens Stores located at:
Pacific Avenue & 38th Street; 3737 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98418
Pacific Avenue & 56th Street; 5602 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98408
Pacific Avenue & 84th Street; 8405 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98444
Pacific Avenue & 12th Street; 12105 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444
Pacific Avenue & Military; 15225 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444
Bridgeport Way & Gravelly Lake Dr.; 9505 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Steilacoom Blvd & Hipkins Road; 8224 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Canyon Road & 112th Street; 11509 Canyon Rd. E., Puyallup, WA 98373
Meridian & 116th Street; 4404 S. Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98373
Meridian & 144th; 14308 Meridian E., Puyallup, WA 98373
Meridian Street &176th Street; 10302 Sunrise Blvd. E. Puyallup, WA 98374
Meridian Avenue & 224th; 22320 Meridian Ave. E., Graham, WA 98338