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Item women often need most is among the least frequently donated

(Photo by Rissa Shaw)
(Photo by Rissa Shaw)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 31, 2017 at 9:45 AM EDT
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One thing that hurricane evacuees need the most is among the least frequently donated items, but one Texas nonprofit is stepping in to help.

Take Heart Ministries is sponsoring a non-traditional drive for evacuees, collecting only pads and tampons for teenage girls and women who are sheltered in central Texas.

"We are part of a nonprofit that helps homeless women in the area," said Pam McKown. "So through that, we knew that was an outgoing and unmet need for the women in shelters."

McKown founded Take Heart Ministries just more than two years ago in Hewitt with the goal of "building dignity, improving health and restoring hope to women who are homeless or in transition by proficiently providing them female hygiene products."

She said she knew that when residents fled areas affected by the hurricane and subsequent flooding, female products would be the last thing on their minds.

"We're just anticipating the need and to think about the women who were evacuating their houses and wouldn't think to grab a package of tampons," McKown said.

The group plans to take the first delivery to Bell County, Texas, where more than 400 evacuees are sheltered. The organization also plans to expand the deliveries to hotels and other places in central Texas that need the help.

"We're just wanted to be proactive and here is something to take care of that and it will be an ongoing need," McKown said. "This is a small gift of dignity that could go a long way for them."