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Digby Pad Party a resounding success

Megan Moore with Roger Tibbetts, Digby Area Food Bank manager, shortly after delivery of menstrual hygiene products provided by Balser’s Pharmachoice. Catherine Moore Photo
Megan Moore with Roger Tibbetts, Digby Area Food Bank manager, shortly after delivery of menstrual hygiene products provided by Balser’s Pharmachoice. Catherine Moore Photo - Contributed

Organizer “completely overwhelmed” by generosity of community

DIGBY, N.S. —

Some of the benefits arising from a recent Digby County Pad Party organized by Megan Moore were the education opportunities.
Pad Parties are being held throughout the world for donations of menstrual hygiene products and to raise awareness for period poverty.
“Almost everyone I spoke to said, ‘You know, period poverty was something I never thought of,’” said Moore.
“We think of food, we think of heat… but there’s just that stigma around periods that people never think this is happening in our community. Sometimes people have to decide between food and tampons for part of our population."
Moore decided to hold a Pad Party after meeting Erin Casey, the organizer of the Nova Scotia wide campaign for Dignity Period. Casey spoke at a Rise and Lead Girls Conference at Mount Saint Vincent University that Moore and her daughter Catherine and niece Hailey had attended.
“She was an amazing inspiration to everyone at the conference,” said Moore.
With support from the Digby Neck Collective and Sandy Cove Schoolhouse Café, the Pad Party included a lunch, followed by a hike to Mount Shubel.
Fairway Insurance, Moore’s employer, provided a drop-off site for donations and will continue to collect items in the future. 
Moore says she was grateful to have help from her nine-year-old daughter, Catherine.
She was excited to help and learned so much about period poverty.  Conversations with her and the Pad Party guests are bringing us one step closer to changing the stigma around periods and raising awareness of period poverty, she said.
Donations received at the Pad Party included 2,101 pads, 1,066 tampons, two diva cups and $305 in funds. The money was taken to Balser’s Pharmachoice, which supplied 3,000 additional pads and tampons for that price.
“It was such an act of kindness for them to do that,” said Moore. “I was completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.” 
Locations that have received distribution to date include the Digby Regional High School, which has a Free Store for students, the Digby Family Resource Centre, the Digby Women's Centre, and Digby Food Bank. The Freeport Woman’s Centre and the Sandy Cove School are next on the list.

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