“Throughout the year, The Rose Quest keeps our school cupboard stocked with emergency supplies of toiletries and basic clothing for those students who unexpectedly find themselves in difficult times. Whether a student is couch-surfing, facing unemployment, or just having difficulties making ends meet, we can provide some comfort with the help of The Rose Quest, for which we are deeply grateful.”
– C. Bell (Northumberland Centre for Individual Studies)
Each September (and as needed), local schools are provided with a number of kits or specified items as requested by their offices. A number of students in the community fall into the category of low income or even hidden homeless, some of them living in their cars, or couch surfing with friends. These hygiene products are given to the schools who then distribute them to students in need. Assistance at this stage in life can help prevent a decline in health, as well as lessening bullying in schools due to hygiene issues.
In this program, we prepare kits of full-sized items rather than the travel sizes as most recipients have a place to store them and portion size takes precedence over portability. They can be customized to the needs of each school.
The kits are marked with: M – Male, F – Female, G – Gender Neutral. This informs volunteers who might best benefit from certain kits or give the recipients more information regarding potential scents or contents.
WHAT’S IN A BASIC KIT?
- Body wash
- New socks
- Anti-bacterial gel
- Gender Neutral/unscented deodorant
- Lip balm
- Travel tissues