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Ready to Help Other Kids?

Hope Kit Hygiene Collection Drive

DURATION

2-4 hours

WHERE

You decide - at your school, camp, place of worship, a local business, in your neighborhood, or another location of your choosing

WHEN

All year long

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Class, troop, or other group of like-minded kids (some adult involvement may be required to help with planning and drop off of collected items)

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

When you do a drive to collect hygiene products you help kids and adults who otherwise can't afford to purchase daily items like toothpaste and deodorant. In doing so, you help people go to school and to work feeling clean and confident, so they don't have to worry about things like how they smell or if their teeth are clean.

DESCRIPTION

Run a collection drive to collect everyday hygiene essentials like toothpaste, deodorant and soap to make sure kids (and adults) have the basic items they need to stay clean and feel good. Drives can be done just about anywhere - at your school, in your neighborhood, at your place of worship, even a local business.


ITEMS NEEDED

1. Computer, printer and paper to make flyers/signs

2. Large cardboard boxes or storage bins to collect donations

3. Bags or boxes for transporting donated items


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


NEXT STEPS

Decide when and where to hold your collection drive and follow the instructions provided. For more information, to get signs for your collection drive, or to schedule a time to drop off your donations, contact Pat Flaherty at pflaherty@hopeandcomfort.org.


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Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. Make signs and flyers letting people know you are collecting hygiene items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and/or deodorant (travel or full-size). Toothpaste and deodorant are our most needed items, so you may want to consider doing a drive for just one or two items rather than all of the above.

Let people know how long you are running your collection (at least 2 or 3 weeks is suggested) and where they should bring their donations. Be sure to ask permission before placing donation bins in your selected location(s). Mark the bins clearly with signs telling all the details of your drive. Be sure to let people know that all items must be new and unopened. We can provide you with signs and collection ideas, if desired.

2. Put signs in visible places (and be sure to ask first). Electronic flyers and social media are also great ways to get the word out. Ask family and friends to help spread the word too!

3. Periodically check your donation bins during the course of your drive and empty out, as necessary (to make more room).

4. At the end of the collection period, put the donations in bags or boxes for transport.

5. To schedule a time to drop off your donations, contact Pat Flaherty at pflaherty@hopeandcomfort.org or (774) 847-1245.

6. Drop off your donations at the scheduled time at:

Hope and Comfort
659 Highland Ave. (rear lower level)
Needham, MA 02494

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