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About Us

At the Red Basket Project, we work to ensure that every person in our community has access to period products when they lack the funds necessary to purchase. Having your period can be a harrowing experience, but if you are homeless or one with insufficient financial resources to purchase what you need, it can be horrific. What does one do when they don’t have tampons or pads? They improvise, or worse, go without. Middle and high schoolers are forced to stay home from school and women stay home from work.

According to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 39.7 % of the homeless population in America is women. Of those 39.7%, 28.9% were not housed in shelters and were living in the streets. Dubuque is not immune to these statistics and our local shelters and agencies are struggling to get the supplies needed for the services they already provide and are rarely able to offer period products to those in need.   The Red Basket Project was founded in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2016, by Beth Gilbreath and Ann McDonough to bridge this gap.

 Donations of products are gratefully accepted at any of our drop off sites. Please see our list of current needs.  

Monetary donations can be made on line or mailed to

Beth Gilbreath

665 Perry Street

Dubuque, IA 52003

The Red Basket Project is a 501(c)3 Organization


Thank you for visiting The Red Basket Project


Beth Gilbreath


Amanda Munger

Vice President

Gabriel Less


Lynne Hemmer


Board of Directors

Colleen Callahan

Marie Panozzo

Heather Clark

Proud Recipient of a 

Dubuque 365ink Impact Award

for Non-Profit Innovation in 2016

Founded in 2016 

Ann McDonough


Beth Gilbreath

Dubuque, IA

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