McDowell Presbyterian Church Making Hygeine Kits For Needy

Floods. Fires. Earthquakes. Mud slides. Refugees. The list of catastrophes and disasters in the evening news is seemingly endless and overwhelming. It’s tempting to think there is nothing we can do from here.  We are too few, and too far away, and the problems are too big.


Actually, there is a lot we can do, from right where we are.  One of the things we can do to help is to put together hygiene kits – a baggie filled with simple items that folks left with nothing are in desperate need of, like a bar of soap or a toothbrush.


On Sunday, October 25th, from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., at the McDowell Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Women are hosting a chance to help those who seem so beyond our reach with some practical help in the form of hygiene kits.


The goal is to put together 2,200 kits – roughly one for every person in Highland County.


This is also a great  way for children and young people have hands’-on experience with helping others.  The kits items are easy to find and fairly cheap (a whole kit costs no more than $10). The item list  is very specific, and includes:


1 hand towel (approximately 16″ x 18″ – no fingertip or bath towels)

1 wash cloth

1 wide-tooth comb

1 nail clipper (no separate metal files or emery boards)

1 bar of soap (in original packaging)

1 toothbrush (in original packaging)

6 Band-aids or other adhesive strips


PLEASE do not add toothpaste.  Toothpaste with an extended expiration date will be added to kits  just prior to shipment.  Seal all items in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure.


You can put together your own kit at home and bring it, or purchase kit items to combine with others.  Either way, come on out on Sunday, (rain or shine) and be a part of bringing a bit of help and comfort to those in need

Story By

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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