Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Comfort kits for the homeless

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

What comforts you? No, really. Think about it for a minute. At the end of a tough day, what comforts you most?

There's something to be said for a warm shower, a shave and freshly brushed teeth. Maybe you're like me: I can't get to my other creature comforts without comforting myself with those things first, though they're all daily rituals I take for granted.

Not so for people on the street. When you're struggling to make it through the week, on the hunt for enough food in your belly to keep it from talking back to you and a warm, safe place to sleep, things like toothpaste and shampoo fall down on the priority list.

That's why the United Way is asking for your help. They would like to create comfort kits for the homeless, a population that's booming in the Q.C.

Here's what they need you to do:

Get to your area Harris Teeter this week — and by this week I mean by Friday. There you'll find collection bins.

Whether you buy them at the Teeter or bring them in from elsewhere, the United Way is asking you to pack Ziploc-style bags with toiletries and place them into the collection bins.

What kind of toiletries? Well, what do you use? Pack soap, toothpaste, shampoo, dental floss, a toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, tissues and whatever else you feel would be appropriate. Also, don't forget to include small stuffed toys for the kids.

The kits will then be distributed to several area non-profits that serve the homeless in Charlotte, such as A Child's Place, Charlotte Emergency Housing, Salvation Army Center of Hope, United Family Services' Battered Women's Shelter and more.

For $10, you can bring a whole lotta comfort to one of your fellow citizens. So, get your ass on down to Harris Teeter by Friday, fill up a bag and comfort yourself with the knowledge that you've made a positive impact on someone's life.

"There are a lot of homeless families, with children, in Charlotte," Noah Manyiko, Sr. Pastor Nexus Church. Watch:

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