March PADness

No-one should ever have to go without essential needs. As costs increase on everyday products, the demand placed on Essential Aid continues to grow.

Y108 and Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario, in association with Shoppers Drug Mart and Building Dreams Contracting present March PADness – a personal care and menstrual product drive.  New, unopened donations of hygiene products, toiletries and diapers are appreciated.

You can help people in our community with the necessities they need by donating products or cash throughout the month of March.

In 2023, Essential Aid’s Menstruation Product Assistance Program distributed 836 Menstruation Hygiene Kits (a 3-month supply of tampons or pads). They distributed the other hygiene products (deodorant, shampoo, etc.) received from March Padness on an as-needed basis to families accessing their MPAP and Infant and Toddler Food Bank Program. Their Infant and Toddler Food Bank Program distributed diapers to 3,519 children in 2023.

If would like to organize an office drive.  Call us at the station at 905-521-2310 and we’ll arrange a date to pick up the items.

Most needed items include:

  • Pads or tampons (any size or type)
  • Diapers (any size, adult or child)
  • Shampoo or conditioner
  • Body wash or bar soap
  • Laundry or dish detergent
  • Deodorant
  • Hand cream or body lotion
  • Toothbrushes or toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Reusable shopping bags 

***Only unopened/sealed packages can be accepted for safety reasons***

Items can be donated in person at:

875 Main Street West
Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday)

Building Dreams Contracting
85 Lancing Drive, Unit K

Cash donations are also welcome. Click here to donate online or text DONATE to 30333 to make a $10 donation.

Donations accepted until March 31st.

March PADness presented by Y108, Shoppers Drug Mart and Building Dreams Contracting.