HOW TO Make Hygiene Kits IN THREE EASY STEPS
Homeless people often go without the basic necessities most Americans take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, they find it difficult to acquire basic items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothbrushes. Rarely do homeless people receive the hygiene supplies necessary to maintain their health and
confidence. Access to basic personal supplies can give them a greater sense of
self and a brighter outlook on life.
If you would like to support this effort, below are the instructions to create hygiene kits for homeless people. By giving these basic supplies to the homeless, you can help
them avoid physical and dental health problems. Perhaps even more importantly,
you can help them retain their dignity during a trying time in their lives.
Step 1 – Gather
Begin collecting the supplies as your schedule allows. Take home the hotel toiletries when you travel. Pick up a few extra items when you go shopping, or find everything you need at a local dollar store. Get your colleagues, friends and neighbors involved by asking them to donate unused items they have on hand. The more people you involve, the easier and more cost effective the project will be.
Step 2 – Assemble
Place the following or similar items in a Ziploc bag. For safety purposes, please do not include razors or sharp objects. To prevent spills and leaks, check that the tops of containers are secured tightly.
- washcloth, hand towel or disposable wipes
- hand sanitizers
- feminine hygiene products
Step 3 – Deliver
Place completed hygiene bags in a large shopping bag to make transport and distribution easier. On the day you are coming to feed homeless people, bring as many completed hygiene bags as possible and place in the designated area with other items for distribution. The approximate need is 150 – 200 hygiene bags every Saturday, but any amount of donations would benefit this effort.