Shelby County Commissioners Mickell Lowery and Tami Sawyer are sponsoring a “Period Supply Drive” for those in need of the personal care items amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The drive will be held Saturday (May 2) from 10 a.m. to noon – while supplies last – at Mississippi Boulevard Baptist Church (back lot) at 70 N. Bellevue Blvd.
“Originally, these supplies were collected for young people in Ghana. Due to COVID-19, we weren’t able to ship overseas,” Sawyer said.
“COVID-19 has added additional economic stress to our community and so we will distribute to those in need of period supplies here in Shelby County, where the impact of layoffs and closures is hampering access and affordability to even the most basic items.”
Sawyer and Lowery are partnering with Sister Supply, Period at 901 Memphis & A Step Ahead Foundation to make the drive happen.
“These supplies are vital hygiene products that many women and girls within Shelby County go without,” said Lowery. “Throughout this pandemic, we want to ensure that they all have access to the supplies necessary for them to live happy and healthy lives.
“It should be a community-wide effort to make certain that no one is lacking in any essential items during critical times like these.”