Atlanta homeless ministry: hygiene kits
Atlanta homelessness has been a concern of our congregation since our founding in 1998. 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.
Since then, with the generous support of our ministry partners and people just like you, we have distributed more than 10,000 kits.
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)
Atlanta homelessness is just the beginning
This is just one of our ministries to the overlooked and forgotten. 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.