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All Cycles - Seattle, WA

Donation Guidelines and Suggestions for All Cycles Supporters

posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Some of our most generous supporters are people who do not currently or have never had a menstrual cycle! We know that if the Menstrual Products aisle is overwhelming for us period havers, it must be even more of a mystery to those who don’t regularly purchase these items.

For those who need a little extra guidance on what to include in your donation to All Cycles, here is a simple breakdown of the many products and varieties out there and what we love to receive the most!

PadsPhoto Sep 21, 12 03 48 PM

  • Unscented: The perfumes used in some pads can irritate the skin.
  • Long Wear or ‘Overnight’ Protection: The best is when you can find 8 Hour+ Pads that are still thin. Always™ makes a couple varieties that give many hours of protection without being too bulky!

  • Regular: The next best thing to long wear pads is Regular. Skip over the “pantyliners”
  • Wings or No Wings: Either are great. These are mainly a personal preference.
  • Long Pads: These are great! Long pads are often needed by folks with larger bodies.
  • All Natural/Organic: These are wonderful, but pricey. If you have the means to donate these, they will be appreciated — but we value donations of all types and price points equally.
  • Opened Packages: We can accept opened packages of Pads as long as the pads themselves are individually wrapped.

Tampons

  • Photo Oct 22, 6 42 53 PM copyUnscented: The perfumes used in some tampons can irritate the skin and even cause infections.
  • Regular, Super or Super Plus: These are protection levels, we’ll take all varieties!
  • Applicator or No Applicator: Either! This is mostly an issue of personal preference and mobility. Some people like the “no applicator” versions because they create less waste and can easily be tucked into a pocket, but applicators are necessary for many folks with limited mobility.
  • All Natural/Organic: These are wonderful, but pricey. If you have the means to donate these, they will be appreciated — but we value donations of all types and price points equally.
  • Opened Packages: We can accept opened packages of Tampons as long as the tampons themselves are individually wrapped.

2 Packages of cotton underwear, on the left men's style briefs in various color and on the right plus sized women's style panties in white. Underwear

  • Materials: Cotton is best! It’s a natural breathable fabric that is affordable and easy to clean.
  • Styles: Traditionally both women’s and men’s styles are needed. Briefs, bikini, boyshorts, boxer briefs, we need it all!
  • Sizes: Teen and Adult sizes, the smallest and the largest adult sizes! We need a variety, cause folks who menstruate come in all shapes and sizes!
  • Second Hand Underwear: All Cycles see’s our neighbors in need as we do the neighbors who live in the homes next door to us and we encourage you to think about them in the same way. If you wouldn’t gift an item to a beloved friend — it’s probably not meant for our donation box either. Please, no donations of second hand underwear.
  • “Period Panties”: Brands like Thinx, Dear Kate’s and FannyPants are producing super absorbent underwear specifically designed to be worn during your menstrual cycle. These are wonderful, but pricey. If you have the means to donate these, they will be appreciated — but we value donations of all types and price points equally.

Wipes

  • Hand Wipes or Body Wipes: Some wipes are only for cleaning your hands while others can be used all over the body! Both are helpful and we accept donations of either.
  • Travel Size or Value Packs: We accept both, but travel size are preferable because they can be easily tucked into a pocket or backpack.

Re-usable Menstrual Products

  • Menstrual Cups & Re-usable Pads: We are currently not taking donations of menstrual cups or reusable pads. We LOVE these products for their long term cost-effectiveness and friendliness to the environment, but they are not practical for many folks who do not have regular access to washrooms or laundry facilities. Additionally, the long term use of these items can cause problems for anyone who does not have permanent housing and regularly travels with their belongings limited to what will fit in a backpack.

Additional Toiletries

  • Our mission is focused on menstrual products because they are items that rarely get donated. If you wish to donate items like soap, shampoo, clothing, food, etc please make arrangements with your favorite shelter, drop in center or food bank to donate these items directly.