May 9, 2017

May Item of the Month for OCC ~Hygiene

Samaritan's Purse has suggested items of the month for packing Operation Christmas Child, and for May it is Hygiene items.  This is one of the things you can put in your shoebox that can have an immediate and great impact on the health of the children who get our boxes.  Hand washing can help prevent many diseases including those that kill thousands of children worldwide daily.  That bar of soap & wash cloth you put in might help the child who gets it and their family avoid infection.  Oral hygiene can protect teeth, increasing the verity of food the child can eat, and help their overall nutrition and health.  Even though in USA we can't send toothpaste anymore, we can send toothbrushes, and dentists say that is what is really important. So, will you consider adding hygiene items to your box this year?  It might literally save the life of the child who gets it!  

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.”
–Yuri, Honduras (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/year-round-packing-ideas/)
And here are three more stories where an hygiene item was especially exciting to the child.


**REMEMBER:  No toothpaste (or candy) from the USA this year due to customs issues.

Photos Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse.

1 comment:

Lin K said...

Can you imagine sharing your toothbrush with 1 person? How about 25? That was amazing to read. Thanks for a great post!

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