And, while maybe not lifesaving, items like combs, brushes, and stick (not liquid) deodorant can help improve the child's self esteem.
But, these aren't just practical items! Some of us may view packing them a little like giving underclothes at Christmas, and not as fun as other things we put in. There's two helps for that: #1 you can try to make these items fun/wow items...a character toothbrush or cap, a patterned or embroidered washcloth, a lightly scented soap, a colorful comb or brush, etc. #2, remember these children are often in desperate situations where what to us are practical items we take for granted, are to the children quite exciting!
“The toothbrush meant a lot because before I had to share my toothbrush with 25 other girls.”
**REMEMBER: No toothpaste (or candy) from the USA this year due to customs issues.
Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.