“Bags of Joy” delivers personal hygiene items

  • Saturday, November 9, 2013

We all understand how poor diet and health care can adversely affect a child’s ability to learn in school. But, hygiene can also play a role in keeping kids happy and focused. While teachers and school programs can offer assistance during the school day, many children lack the basic tools at home.

“Bags of Joy is a wonderful project developed by our AmeriCorps members to address the personal needs of children served while they are away for the long holiday break. Not only do the items allow them to maintain personal dignity, but the activity books provide educational stimulation,” said Amanda Lawrence, Trident United Way’s

director of financial stability. This holiday season, you can impact a child’s life with a simple donation of a hygiene product like deodorant or


Bags of Joy is a Trident United Way AmeriCorps member-driven service project created to meet the increasing need for health and hygiene products as well as books and educational activities for Lowcountry children over the winter break. From now

until Dec. 6, AmeriCorps members will be collecting supplies to fill Bags of Joy for

children in need. This year’s goal is to fill 1300 bags. Last year, 648 bags went to local elementary and middle school students.

Donations can be dropped off at any school with an AmeriCorps member- James Simmons

Elementary, Sedgefield Intermediate, Harleyville Ridgeville Elementary and Middle,

Memminger Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, St. Stephen Elementary and Middle,

W. B. Goodwin Elementary, N. Charleston Elementary, Chicora Elementary and

Sanders-Clyde Elementary and Middle.

AmeriCorps provides services, resources and referrals that help move families from a state of financial crisis to stability. This Financial Stability Project is part of Trident United Way’s commitment to achieving our community’s three goals: increasing the high school graduation rate to 88 percent, increasing the number of people who are financially stable by 30 percent and increasing the number of people living healthy lifestyles by 25 percent.

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