The alarm goes off and I roll myself out of bed, but not before I hit the snooze button a few times. I grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and then my morning routine begins: brush teeth, floss, rinse with mouthwash, wash face, rub on face lotion, and put on deodorant.
My bathroom at home is filled with hygiene items readily available to me. I never have to think about going to work without deodorant or brushing my teeth. I never have to compromise my shopping list: buy groceries or purchase hygiene items. And I’m grateful.
In Metro Denver there are more than 12,600 homeless men, women and children in our community. But whether there’s one homeless or a million in Denver, we can’t ignore the fact that our neighbors are facing difficult decisions: feed my family or buy diapers?
Is empathy enough? Is guilt the right emotion to feel? How can I produce CHANGE?
Empathy isn’t enough, we must be driven by compassion to bring change into our city – for our neighbors. Every morning, I’m reminded that I am blessed, but I’m also reminded that there are people in my city hurting – about 12,600 hurting men, women and children. Let’s make change happen here. Let’s share Christ’s hope with our neighbors. Join the Mission’s Fresh Start Hygiene Drive and give someone a fresh start.
Ways to help:
- Donate hygiene items through the Mission’s Amazon Wish List.
- Host a hygiene drive at work, school or your church. Contact Ann Schlesinger for more information.
Examples of items needed:
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Bar soap
- Liquid body wash
- Shaving cream
- Disposable razors
- Brushes & combs
- Toothpaste & toothbrushes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Diapers & baby powder