Health Kits for Hope needed

Manchester - posted Feb, 03 2014

MANCHESTER - A few years ago, the members of the Second Congregational Church of Manchester helped to coordinate a community-wide drive to assemble Health Kits in response to the disasters in Haiti and Japan. In total, 350 kits were collected between the two drives. Health kits are personal hygiene items that are distributed to victims of natural disasters in this country and throughout the world. Although time has passed, the need is still great, as natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes) continue to occur. About 20,000 kits were distributed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy alone. You can assemble your own Health Kit or contribute any of the items from the list below. The greatest need is for facecloths and hand towels. There currently are plenty of band-aids, a good supply of nail clippers, and a few soaps and combs. Each Health Kit consists of: One hand towel approximately 16 x 28 (no fingertip or bath towels); one washcloth; one wide–tooth comb; one nail clipper; one bar of soap (bath size in wrapper); one toothbrush (in original packaging); and six standard size band-aids. Place all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure. Please do not add toothpaste to the health kit. Cartons of toothpaste that have an extended expiration date will be added to shipments just prior to shipment. Please do not include any additional items; each kit must be exactly the same. Items can be dropped off at these Manchester locations until Monday, March 17: Second Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.; Manchester Town Hall, Customer Service Center, 41 Center St.; Sentry Real Estate, 71 East Center St.; or Illing Middle School, 227 East Middle Tpke. Donations of $2 per kit are also needed to cover shipping costs. Checks can be made out to Second Congregational Church. Please be sure to note that your donation is for health kits. For further information please contact Debbie Streeter at .

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