OCCC Students Coordinate Hygiene Drive for HELP Program
Donating nearly one ton of toiletries, Lincoln County residents proved to be incredibly generous during a recent hygiene products drive conducted by students at Oregon Coast Community College to benefit local homeless children and their families.
“We are so thankful for the students who generously donated their time despite their busy schedules,” said Katey Townsend, homeless outreach program coordinator for Lincoln County School District. “And, we truly appreciate the community for providing so many great supplies for local families in need.”
This year’s drive brought in about 1,800 pounds of toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, body wash, bath bars, and other personal hygiene products. This almost doubled last year’s collection of just under 1,000 pounds. Collected donations are being distributed to the school district’s HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project) Centers in Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo, and Waldport.
The annual drive was conducted by the OCCC Student Nurse Association, this year in partnership with the OCCC Associated Student Government.
Students organized the community project and volunteered their time at three day-long drives at the Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer stores in Newport and at Bi-Mart in Lincoln City. In addition, drop-off sites were located at the Lincoln City, Waldport and Newport campuses of Oregon Coast Community College.