Several times a year we assemble hundreds of personal hygiene kits for distribution to local homeless people. Since starting this ministry in 2010, we have distributed more than 10,000 kits.
Heres’ the latest on this ministry, including the next kit assembly date, current supporters and information on how you can help.
These are the (mostly travel size) ingredients in a basic personal hygiene kit, which can be assembled for just a few dollars:
- Adhesive bandages
- Cotton swabs
- Dental floss
- Disposable razor
- Facial tissues
- Gallon food storage bag
- Sanitary napkins
- Sanitary wipes
- Shaving cream
Here are some other supplies we add to the kits when they’re available:
- Insect repellent
- Nail clippers
- Socks (dark)
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.