Through Take Charge. Period., Tammi Kollinger and Laura Harvey donate feminine hygiene products to shelters in Dallas. (Photo courtesy of Tammi Kollinger)
Many women don’t think twice about the luxury of being able to buy feminine hygiene products. But considering these products a luxury — which the state does — is part of the problem, and one reason why many women cannot afford them.
Tammi Kollinger founded Take Charge. Period. after noticing a homeless woman at Belt Line Road and the Dallas North Tollway: rather than offer her food or money, Kollinger gave the woman tampons.
Around that same time, she saw a picture on Facebook of an empty box intended for feminine hygiene products at the Jewish Family Services pantry. Kollinger decided she needed to find a way to get the community talking about menstruation.
Like most states in the U.S., Texas levies sales tax on tampons, sanitary napkins, and other feminine hygiene products.