CIDA launches women’s health products campaign for women in East Tennessee


The CIDA Women’s Health Commodity Drive (Chronic Disease and Illness Awareness) has been going on all week for women in need of supplies in Mountain City.

CIDA Member and President Shelby Cade explained the progress the organization has made over the past few days.

“We’ve collected about 500 different women’s supplies so far, and we still have a few days left,” Cade said.

Cade said she and the rest of the organization were pleased with the turnout for supplies they had already received and that all donations went to The Women of Mountain City group.

Women of Mountain City serves the Johnson County area with needed health products for women. The organization does not limit the period products to be distributed, so everything related to hygiene is included. Products include tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, soap, panty liners, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

WMC also extends its services to not only Johnson County, but also serves Washington County and Carter County areas by distributing “menstrual packs” to people who are homeless or in insecure housing condition.

Cade thinks this is a very important project. She believes that CIDA will make a difference in the lives of others, even if it is just to provide the necessary supplies free of charge to women.

“This project is important because it provides products to some women who may not have access to them or cannot afford them,” Cade said.

Cade mentioned the success the women’s health products campaign has already had. The donations of students and professors on campus do not go unnoticed and contribute to a great cause for women.

The product drive takes place from October 25 to November 7. For more information on how to donate to CIDA’s Women’s Health Commodity Drive or how to help the women of Mountain City, contact [email protected]

  • Kaitlyn Thomas is a sophomore majoring in Media and Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. She is a writer for the East Tennessean.

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