Mentioning unmentionables

by Jennifer Stevens

When people heard unmentionables mentioned, they responded resoundingly and filled a car trunk with feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.Photo: Linda Shakespeare
When people heard unmentionables mentioned, they responded resoundingly and filled a car trunk with feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. Photo: Linda Shakespeare

The Church of the Epiphany Oakville boldly went where others may be shy to go with their “Time to Mention the Unmentionables” special outreach drive this fall.

Linda Shakespeare, Epiphany’s Outreach coordinator, came up with the idea after discussions with various aid agencies that Epiphany supports.

She heard that feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence products were rarely donated but were in high demand.

Epiphany has been running special outreach drives for the past three years – in 2014 collecting socks, in 2015 underwear.

2016 became the year of unmentionables.

Parishioners were asked to bring in either type of product or make a monetary donation to the project to purchase those items.

After a few weeks Linda was able to fill her car trunk with donated products and drop them off to grateful agencies.

“Sometimes all you have to do is make people aware of a need and they make it happen,” she commented.

Jennifer Stevens is Administrator at the Church of the Epiphany Oakville.