Homeless Ministry: Several times a year we distribute nearly 500 personal hygiene kits to local homeless people. Since starting this ministry in 2010, we have distributed nearly 10,000 kits. Our goal is to distribute 2,000 kits a year.
This ministry happens in three phases:
- Collection of supplies (see below) year-round.
- Assembly: Either in advance (usually at First Christian Church of Decatur) or in place of our regular Church Without Walls service at picnic Pavilion 2 in Candler Park.
- Distribution on the streets of metro Atlanta.
- Soap (15 cents)
- Safety razor (16 cents)
- Wash cloth (22 cents)
- Tissues (13 cents)
- Cotton swabs (15 cents)
- Dental floss (8 cents)
- Adhesive bandages (9 cents)
- Comb (10 cents)
- Toothbrush (10 cents)
- Toothpaste (13 cents)
- Sanitary wipes (7 cents)
- Shampoo (22 cents)
- Deodorant (67 cents)
- Sanitary napkins (99 cents)
- Gallon food storage bag (19 cents)
- Shaving cream
- Insect repellent
- Nail clippers
Here are the (mostly travel size) ingredients in a basic personal hygiene kit:
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Here are some other supplies we add to the kits when they’re available:
The history of this ministry is that we’ve always been involved in issues connected to homelessness in metro Atlanta. In 2010 we started distributing lunches to local homeless people. While doing that, we identified personal hygiene as an unmet need. So we began distributing hygiene kits along with lunches. Now we distribute hygiene kits exclusively on a quarterly basis.
And day to day, in our own small way, one person at a time, we’ve helped many people find housing, food, employment, transportation and many other things they might need to take the next step in life. Some of them stay and become part of our family. And the gift goes on.
When we’re not in the park, you’re likely to find us at the table whenever people in the community meet to tackle the problems of homelessness and hunger in our abundant city.
We also collect clothing, non-perishable food items and teddy bears for our ministries to the homeless, hungry and sick.