For most people using a bar of soap or washing your hair is something you're able to do pretty often, but for others that's not the case."I think that they would realize I get these things all the time. I go to Walmart I pick this up, but there's somebody out there that just can't do that," says Erin Hutchins.Which is why Erin Hutchins with the Albany Area YMCA has organized the 2013 Hygiene Drive.Erin Hutchins says, "we would like to give them these supplies because they are expensive and it's something that they don't have to worry about."Over the next week she's asking the community to donate travel size hygiene items such as diapers, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, and soap."And what we do with those is make the kits and so we do Ziploc bags, put them in the Ziploc bags delivery them here so it's already packed up all they have to do is give it out and use it," says Hutchins.Those items will be then given to six deserving local organizations."When the community steps up and gives a hand it helps to defray our costs."The Salvation Army is one of those benefiting organizations and Major Kelly English says every little bit goes a long way."Hygiene is something that we want to keep up everyday and when a person is homeless, that question becomes exponentially more difficult to address so when someone else steps in and says here's this resource it makes it easier for everyone involved."Last year over $3,000 worth of supplies were raised and Hutchins hopes to surpass that number this year.
If you want to donate, you can go to the Albany Area YMCA, Verge, and any U-SAVE-IT Pharmacy in the city.
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