To ensure every student has access to basic bathroom products such as shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash and more, the Carroll Lions Club put together and donated hygiene kits to local schools.
After learning about the hygiene kits created by other Lions Club organizations in Iowa, the Carroll Lions Club decided to reach out to both the Carroll and Kuemper schools and see if it was something they would be interested in, said Sondra Rierson, president of the Lions Club in Carroll.
“I asked Dennis McCartan, a guidance counselor at Carroll High School, if the school would need something like this, and he said ‘Yes, absolutely,’ ” Rierson said. “Kuemper also said they would be interested, so as a club we asked area hotels for donations. All local hotels donated generously, and so did Carroll Dental Associates and the community. Mr. McCartan was also able to involve some Carroll High Schools students as part of a school project they do called ‘problem-solutions.’ ”
With the help of local hotels and students at both schools who collected the items, they were able to put together the kits, which include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, washcloth, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and a comb.
Carroll High School student Vanessa Breedlove assembled more than 60 kits.
McCartan recently told the Lions Club that the donations have meant a lot to the students at the Carroll schools.
“This means so much to our kids. For some of our students, the only shower they get is at school,” he said. “You are providing them with a basic need, and we can’t thank you enough.”
The Carroll Lions Club plans to make this service project an annual event. The organization will announce on Facebook when it plans to collect donations for next year’s kits.
Lions Club also will hold its annual “Soup Day” Friday, Oct. 11, at Graham Park Shelterhouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.