MCAD student helps homeless access feminine hygiene products

Minneapolis College of Art and Design student Andrea Amelse is visiting homeless shelters this week to drop off boxes of tampons bought with crowdfunding.

HomelessThe project to donate feminine hygiene products for women in need started as a conceptual class project. Amelse decided to go live with the campaign this month.

“It wasn’t until this semester I thought, you know what, I’m just going to do it,” she said. “Even if I only raise $100, that is still going to make a difference for several women.”

She’s raised more than $1,300 so far, with a goal of raising $2,000.

Amelse has heard enthusiastic responses from at least seven shelters, and she’s heard thanks from individual women as well. One donor said she’d been homeless for a time, and when her period came, she went into the bathroom and removed socks to use in lieu of sanitary products.

“It’s something that never really crossed my mind previously,” Amelse said. “It shocked me. I couldn’t even imagine that burden and that strain.”

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