Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bandaids Have you got some to spare?

While most of us take for granted when we shower or bathe there will be a bar of soap in the dish or a bottle of shower gel or that when we brush our teeth we’ll have a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste, many on the Rez assume no such thing.  Sometimes when money is limited these become luxury items as food, fuel, and other living expenses become the priority.

Babies like to be clean and will cry when they have wet diapers, a sore bottom, or sore gums from teething. Kids need to brush their teeth, many children’s teeth are decaying at a very young age due to poor dental hygiene, lack of regular checkups, and the proper diet.  Feminine hygiene products like sanitary pads allow women on the Rez, who have a high risk of postpartum depression ,made worse by isolation and being overwhelmed, to leave the house and socialize with friends and family rather than sit at home and be depressed. Soap and alcohol hand sanitizer help prevent disease spread in the family and community. And those special items like deodorant, lip balm or lotion– well, they just make you feel a little better.

Our health and education program initiative’s goal is to provide these basic items for children and their parents or caretakers. Can YOU help fill a bag?  Check the list below for the items we would like to provide.  Look at your sale flyers and check for BOGO offers, free or cents off coupons, maybe you already have extra toiletries at home you could donate.

Baby/Child Toiletry Bag

Age 0-10 years Generic brands are fine. Choose items appropriate for the age.

  • Baby wash – covers bath and shampooing needs for babies
  • Shampoo, no tears for older children
  • Bar soap
  • Lotion: Aveeno, Vaseline, Cetaphil, or other moisturizing brand
  • Diaper ointment : A&D, Desitin, etc.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, for baby/toddlers
  • Lip balm
  • Brush/comb set
  • Towel and washcloth, toddler size
  • Q tips
  • Diapers: all brands, sizes 1-5
  • Formula: all brands and ages
  • diaper wipes: purchased or homemade with recipe for solution
  • teething ring
  • baby nail clippers

Mom’s  Hospital Toiletry Bag

  • Soap
  • Washcloth/hand towel
  • Sanitary pads (super or heavy flow)
  • Toothpaste, tooth brush and floss
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer, alcohol based
  • Drawstring bag
  • Brush/comb
  • nail clippers with file or small manicure set

Dad’s Toiletry Bag

  • Soap
  • Hand towel/washcloth
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush,toothpaste, and floss
  • Hand sanitizer, alcohol based
  • Razor
  • Comb
  • nail clippers with file
  • Drawstring bag

First Aid items are also needed. Again this is a luxury item. The hospital and the clinics are no longer supplying these items. Anything that can be bought over the counter is the responsibility of the family.

A baby or child with a fever or an earache may have to go without treatment because their parents don’t have the money to purchase tylenol or other OTC meds and they often live far from clinics or other medical care.  Some babies left untreated are very susceptible to seizures with a high fever and if babies can’t be consoled due to their pain it stresses the patience of any parent and opens the door for abuse.

First Aid/Safety Bag

  • Nose syringe for baby
  • Thermometer – not mercury
  • Bandaids
  • Advil/ tylenol – baby/child and adult
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibiotic cream, Bacitracin, etc.
  • Alcohol hand sanitizer
  • Medicine dispenser for child
  • Bag
  • Outlet covers
  • Flashlight
  • Tweezers

You can donate just the bag/s, some or all of the contents or a completed bag/unit.  Bags will be completed on the rez with items received by many donors so no donation is too small. This is a great project to team up with friends and help share the cost of a bag (or two).  It’s also a good way for those folks that don’t sew or craft  to contribute to the program, these toiletries will make a BIG difference.  You can make a monetary donation to Sew For Kids on the Hearts of the Sacred Spirit website under special programs. Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Please indicate what your donation is for.  To get the best value for your money we suggest making a donation to SFK online or purchasing your heavier goods from an online retailer that offers free shipping.  If we receive enough cash donations we can purchase bulk quantities and get a lower price and free shipping. These retailers offer free shipping (with minimum purchase)  amazon.com, drugstore.com, dollarstore.com . If you have a favorite that isn’t mentioned here please let us know or if you’re aware of a good sale coming up we’d like to know too.

Please let us know here when you’ve sent a box and the expected date of arrival along with a summary of contents so we can update our spreadsheet  and notify the Rez to be expecting your package.

Remember no donation is too small, a couple of toothbrushes, tube of toothpaste or bar of soap doesn’t seem like much but it means a great deal to those that don’t have them.  Think about them when you soak in the tub tonight, brush and floss your teeth or reach for that Tylenol the next time you have a headache. Having these simple items that we all take for granted helps alleviate some of the day to day stresses we all face no matter what our income level is. Our beginning goal for this project is 10 bags  for each category listed above.  Please won’t you help us reach this goal?  Thanks from Sew For Kids.

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2 thoughts on “Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bandaids Have you got some to spare?

  1. I will be sending you 30 bags, some larger, some smaller. to use as you see fit.
    Also have some washcloths and wipes and diaper bags to send, do they all go to Debbie? , will let you know when I send .

    • Thanks Beulah Now we just need people to help us fill them. Will tally what comes in and report back on the blog. We are making some progress one person at a time. Your gifts make a difference to the kids and their parents!
      Carol

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