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United Way of 1000 Lakes is now accepting donations for the 2016 Health & Hygiene Drive to help vulnerable youth, victims of violence, seniors and the homeless meet their basic needs, including hygiene items.
The drive is held in conjunction with United Way’s 4th annual Day of Action on June 21 ─ a day-long event where people throughout the area complete a dozen community service projects and activities at various locations. Projects are designed to match a wide variety of skill levels and interests. Tasks range from landscaping and outdoor beautification projects to painting and general clean-up. 

Day of Action projects will impact six Itasca communities: Bigfork, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Grand Rapids and Marble. Projects include creating Park PlayStations, Bike Rack Makeovers, beautifying the Public Art Walk, stenciling parking stalls, and organizing a Health & Hygiene Drive. From playing in neighborhood parks to gaining extra steps, the projects bolster the health of our community by promoting small behavior changes that can have a big health impact for all ages.

The Personal Care Drive continues through June 21. Personal Care items collected locally can be dropped off at United Way of 1000 Lakes, located at 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, adjacent to Old Central School in Grand Rapids. 

Other drop-off locations include Cub Foods, Dollar General (Cohasset), Essentia Health (Deer River), Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Grand Rapids Area Public Library, Grand Rapids State Bank, Itasca County Family YMCA (Active Living Center), and Ogles Marketplace.

The care packages will be distributed to food and housing programs, schools, child care centers and other United Way partners across United Way’s service area of greater Itasca.

"The United Way Health and Hygiene Drive is another way to help men, women and children," said Kimberly Brink Smith, executive director of United Way of 1000 Lakes. "It may seem like a small and simple gesture, but contributing hygiene items makes you part of the solution. It is a way to show that you care about your neighbors who are in crisis and it tells them that you want to help."

Want to help? 
Start a collection at your church, organization, civic group and/or business. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to donate a combination of new, unopened items.  The following items are needed: (full size) shampoo; deodorant; bar soap; toothbrush and toothpaste; lotion; hair comb/brush; sun screen; lip balm; adhesive bandages; antibiotic ointment; warm socks; tampons; panty liners; laundry detergent; diapers; (new) wash cloths, hand and bath towels; and prepaid gas cards. Toolkit and virtual box donations available here.

To arrange for items to be picked-up, call 218-999-7570 prior to June 16th. For a complete list of activities and updates, visit Day of Action.

About United Way of 1000 Lakes
United Way of 1000 Lakes’ mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in the Itasca area. We invest in local programs that achieve impact, are measured, and are focused on three essential elements — Education, Income, and Health. United Way advances these elements by mobilizing thousands of people to give, advocate, and volunteer — all in the name of improving the common good. For more information on how to join the United Way and its partners to build a stronger community, visit or call (218) 999-7570.


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