Hygiene Supplies Collected for Homeless Shelters

By Shanna Huang ‘15
“A. B. C. D. E. F…” sang the little girl as she washed her hand.
This was the song taught to little kids so they would know how
long to rub their hands with soap, but this wouldn’t be possible
without hygiene supplies. Hygiene supplies are used so often that
we don’t realize we are using them. But this is not the case in
homeless shelters. There are many people compacted into one
space in homeless shelters, so getting rid of germs as much as
possible is important.
This is why the Brooklyn Student Alliance Council,
B.S.A.C, came up with the idea to donate hygienic supplies to
homeless shelters. B.S.A.C is involved with seven different
schools. It is a student – run council and is directed by Vivian
Figueroa, Director of S.A.P.I.S/ S.P.A.R.K.
“It started as just a thought but because a can drive was already
happening, we decided collecting hygiene supplies was good as
well,” said Mr. TJ Sealey, S.P.A.R.K Program Manager, “We
hope to collect 150 pounds of items.”
According to the New York Times on 8/23/12, there are worms
in the bathroom and roaches in the drinking water machines in
the Auburn Family Shelter in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. People who
stay there also keep a bucket in their room because they don’t
know who is using the bathroom at night. A homeless shelter
such as the Auburn Family Shelter is an important reason why
people need to donate hygienic supplies and why people who
stay in these shelters are in need of them.
They collected deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine
products, shampoo, soap, lotion and more. These items were
dropped off in the lobby and the last day to donate was April 10.
The supplies will hopefully get shipped out by the end of April.

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