Imagine going days without brushing your teeth or taking a shower because you were unable to afford toothpaste, soap and other toiletry products.
That’s the reality for many with special needs, but Holly McBride is working to change that with the help of our community.
According to McBride, McMinnville Special Games collects and distributes “Blessing Bags” throughout the year. Each bag includes shampoo, lotion, a bar of soap, cotton swabs, tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, dental floss, pocket tissues, Q-tips, hand sanitizer and wipes.
“We started adding toothbrushes and toothpaste from local dentists at events and saw how excited some of our older participants got to receive such a small gift,” said McBride. “We discussed it with several caregivers and it has been a huge success.”
In May, McMinnville Special Games gave away over 175 Blessing Bags to families with special needs loved ones. This year, the goal is to collect enough basic necessities to create 20 to 30 bags per month. That way, the organization can remain stocked throughout the year.
“You would be amazed at how some of our local adults with special needs rely and are so grateful for these items,” said McBride. “It’s just every day toiletries that most of us take for granted.”
For those willing and interested in helping with this effort, McBride requests all products fit into a gallon Ziploc bag that closes. This prevents spills while the Blessing Bags are in storage until distribution.
Recently, the Warren Interact Community Club donated 15 Blessing Bags filled with toiletries. McBride hopes others in our community will consider sharing their blessings too.
The toiletry drive officially starts next Monday, Dec. 3, and Blessing Bags can be dropped off at any of the following locations:
• Avalon Hospice
• Three Star Mall
• McMinnville Drug Center
• Smooth Rapids
For more information, contact Holly McBride with McMinnville Special Games at 808-8816.