Homeless women often can’t afford menstrual hygiene products and shelters rarely get donations of pads and tampons even though they’re in high demand. Chelsea VonChaz recognized the problem last year, when she was driving to work in Los Angeles and noticed a woman, who appeared to be homeless, with blood-stained bottoms. She started gathering friends on weekends to hand out menstrual products to homeless women on L.A. By June 2015, she registered #Happy Periodas a nonprofit, and expanded the project to nine cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Veeda is deeply grateful for the interview and for the opportunity to be able to make a donation and a contribution to this amazing cause.
I witnessed a homeless woman free-bleeding while she was trying to cross the street.
To provide menstrual hygiene kits to anyone that would otherwise go without. Also to spread awareness on the lack of hygiene resources for homeless women and trans men.
For me it wasn’t difficult at all, I just did it. I didn’t want to wait, and I had no one to answer to, so my perseverance just kept me going.
This entire journey is a challenge because I am learning as I go, so nothing specifically stands out. The main struggle is funding, making money to make a difference. My only problem with finding partners for our kits is getting connected to some of the brand people are used to.
Just by being myself and not try to stand out. I march to my own beat and let the movement speak for itself. I’m in the business of periods, so I’m on a completely different plane.
Ha! I talk about periods in the same way I openly talk about music, reality TV, or sex! Normalize it because it is freaking normal. I like to remind everyone, especially men that periods are the source of humanity. I do believe in order for the world to be better, we must progress in our attitudes toward menstruation. If you have a problem with periods then you have a problem with women, well humans in general! That just doesn’t make sense.
Depending on when this article runs because we’re launching 3 new chapters in the fall, We are hitting the 6K mark for the #HappyPeriod yellow kits. The number of general donations that have been made because of #HappyPeriod, I really have no idea today, but I think that’s awesome!
Be present and live in the moment. The people we take care of inspire me and the many souls that have contributed to the success of #HappyPeriod motivate me.
Growing as a movement in less than 10 months.
I’m really not into hoping, as soon as I have a desire I just start working towards that.
With #HappyPeriod there are a few things that I KNOW will happen as long as I continue to work hard.
I do hope that I will get a staff of 10 so I can get some rest.