Hygiene: Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventative disease, especially through cleanliness.
We as a society are obsessed with hygiene and in this case the obsession is warranted. Women especially; we pride ourselves on making sure we smell good at all times. From soaps to shampoos to lotions and perfumes, we love to smell good and to be honest we like hearing that we smell good as well. Knowing that we smell good adds to our confidence. We walk a little taller with a little more sway in our hips because when we leave the room the pleasant scent that lingers is an expression of who we are.
There are so many hygiene products and smell goods for women that sometimes we don’t even think about not being able to have access to them. They fill the aisles in stores, businesses are built around them, and we usually already have an abundance of them in our home. If we are running low we simply go to the store and peruse the aisles till we find what we need. But what if simply going to the store and purchasing what you needed wasn’t an option? How would you get the items you need then?
What if you had to go out looking for a job on a hot day but you ran out of deodorant, how self-conscious would you feel? What if you are out of soap and detergent so you had to send your children to school without taking a bath and with dirty clothes on? How much would it hurt your heart for them to tell you other children are bullying them because of it? What if Aunt Flow was in town but you ran out of pads so you’ve been wearing the same one all day, knowing the one you have on could overflow at any moment and you’re not able to get more. One of our biggest fears when it comes to our cycle is going out in public during that time of the month and someone tapping us on the shoulder telling us we have a red stain on the back of our pants.
These are some of the scenarios our homeless sisters have to go through. They would love to leave a sweet smelling expression of themselves when they leave a room. They would love to flick their hair and the floral scent of their shampoo lingers in the air. They would love to soap up their children during their bath and have fresh smelling clothes for them to step in to. They would absolutely love to know that when they start feeling those cramps there is no need to worry because they have a couple of pads in their purse they can use.
The most amazing thing is that we as women who are fortunate to have an abundance of hygiene and smell good items can make sure our homeless women have them too. We have to look out for each other. We know what it takes to maintain our hygiene so we should want to ensure that the hygiene aspect of women homelessness is the last thing that she has to worry about.
I encourage you to do one or more of the following:
1. Support an initiative whose mission is to provide hygiene essentials to women.
2. Donate hygiene items to a women’s shelter.
3. Fill at least 3 gallon zip lock bags with hygiene essentials to keep in your car to give to homeless women that you may encounter.
We are the type of women who encourage, support, and uplift other women. Be selfless and be generous because were created to serve!