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Think about what it would be like to not have access to your most basic toiletries. To not be able to shower in the morning or brush your teeth and the strong impact feeling unclean would have on your day.
Items many of us take for granted – soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste – are luxuries for many people throughout the Boston area and beyond. Our growing nonprofit Hope and Comfort has provided over 375,000 personal care products to thousands of people in need through a network of partner organizations that includes Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, area schools, food pantries and more.
It is not just adults who are in need. It is also students like Sarah who is too embarrassed to engage with teachers and peers because she does not have soap or toothpaste and is afraid to get close to people for fear of being ridiculed. Hope and Comfort aims to help Sarah and anyone else in need have access to personal hygiene products to help rebuild their dignity, increase their health, and improve their self-esteem.
One student who received a hygiene kit from Hope and Comfort shared, “I love the toothpaste and toothbrush. It makes my teeth white and the toothbrush really cleans out the dirt. I brush my teeth at night now. I used to be embarrassed to smile because my teeth were yellow and now I can smile with my white teeth.” An item as simple as a tube of toothpaste or a bar of soap can change a life.