Sandhills Student Assistance, Inc. (SSA) has packaged and started to deliver 100 hygiene kits to Moore County School’s social workers for children that may not be able to acquire the needed toiletries outside of school.
SSA recruited the help of Pinecrest High School seniors Carolyn Cheek, Brie Wilson, Enrique Ballesteros, Connor Morgan, Matthew Mueller, Gerald Ofosu and Ben Velevis to determine what types of products would be appropriate for each kit based on gender and ethnic preferences. Based on their input, SSA ordered the materials and these students completed the assembly of the 100 hygiene kits. Each kit included dental supplies as well as soap, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, lotion, a razor and a comb.
Dr. Jennifer Massey, D.D.S. of Seven Lakes Dentistry generously donated toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash and toothpaste for the kits.
SSA executive director, Jimmy Schneider said, “We are grateful to the students that got involved and helped us get this project over the finish line. It’s great to see the kids eagerly wanting to do something for their fellow classmates.”
A Sharing Success Community Grant from the Randolph Electric Membership Corp. / People Helping People was used to cover the expenses for the kits.
SSA was founded in 2016 to address the urgent problems of Moore County children who arrive at school hungry, without adequate clothing, or having an immediate need. With the help of Moore County school teachers and administrators, SSA works with local churches and organizations to fill these needs in a discrete and caring way, respectful of the sensitivity, self-awareness and vulnerability of students at risk.
For more information or to support SSA’s cause, please visit www.sandhillssa.org.
Feature photo: Left to right are Pinecrest High School seniors Ben Velevis, Connor Morgan, Carolyn Cheek, Matthew Mueller, Gerald Ofosu, Enrique Ballesteros. Not pictured, Brie Wilson.