On November 21, 2014 employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas (BCBSTX) gave away personal hygiene products to well fed neighbors exiting the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is operated by Wesley United Methodist Church … for the low income and even homeless in San Angelo Texas. The BCBSTX Wellness Committee wanted to do something in recognition of “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.”
Mary Cogen, Lead Learning & Development Consultant at BCBSTX, coordinated the event with Rev. Scott Heiser of the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition. A month of planning and coordination resulted in the BCBSTX team bagging and handing out over 100 bags full of personal hygiene and toiletry items that were collected by emplyees throughout BCBSTX during the past two weeks. This was a first ever homeless related project for BCBSTX and Mary hopes it will be the first of many.
Below is a list of items that most homeless people never receive and won’t spend their money on.
Toothbrush (soft bristles)
Dental floss (not only for flossing)
Band-aids (a lot of heel blisters)
Bottle of Aspirin
Listerine (mouth wash yes, but also antiseptic use for cuts)
Razor (Mach3 works best)
Soap (love that Irish Spring soap/for shaving also)
Nail clippers (keep nails short to keep bacteria at a minimum)
Comb or brush
Anti-diarrhea tablets (you do not want the runs)
Small plastic garbage bags
Place everything in a large Ziploc freezer bag as it crushes down well for packing.