Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Mission Project: Personal Care Kits

For our spring mission project, the women of Living Stones have purchased personal care items to create kits to deliver to the Media Food Bank.

The items we have included in our kits are important health and hygiene products that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits (more commonly known as "food stamps").  These items can be quite pricey for individuals to purchase, and yet can make a big difference when it comes to their health and being presentable for personal interactions and job interviews.
We chose to include the following items in each personal care kit:  shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razor, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrush, a washcloth, cotton swabs, two rolls of individually wrapped toilet paper, lip balm, deodorant, and a bar of soap.

Over half of our group participated financially in supporting this project; one member completed the shopping, with two members offering donations of items; and then three of us assembled the bags.
We had some help from our littlest members as well!
I am also very excited and pleased to report that my supermarket, Giant, agreed to contribute the tote bags free of charge!

The women of Living Stones have created eleven personal care kits, while women in Bible studies and circles of Media Presbyterian Church will create nine additional kits.  We will be able to donate twenty personal care kits total to the Media Food Bank.
Tana, Julie, and I celebrate putting the kits together for delivery!
I want to thank everyone who has participated in this spring mission effort, as well as challenge others to consider how they might contribute to the health and well-being of their communities through similar efforts.

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