Donation Guidelines

We recognize that there are many different menstrual products on the market, and it could be challenging deciding what exactly to pick out! This page is dedicated to providing guidance on what we love to receive here at All Cycles. The guidelines are also available for download.

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Pads

Unscented
The perfumes used in some pads can cause irritation.
Long Wear or ‘Overnight’ Protection
8 Hour+ Pads that are still thin are preferred.
Regular
The next best thing to long wear pads.
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

Unscented
The perfumes used in some tampons can cause irritation
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.

Underwear

We accept underwear of all styles and sizes! From women’s and men’s styles, and the smallest to largest adult sizes. Cotton fabric is the best as it is breathable and affordable.

Second Hand Underwear
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.

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.

Menstrual Cups & Re-usable Pads

All Cycles is currently accepting these donations, but please be aware they will only be used to support the income insecure, and NOT the homeless. This is because they are not practical for many people 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.

Please be aware that we only accept menstrual products, as these are rarely donated to shelters.