Inadequate personal hygiene can lead to many harmful medical conditions, but more importantly, lacking the capability to maintain basic hygiene needs gradually make individuals lose their place in society. They become ashamed to communicate with others and to seek help. Even with access to proper facilities, many shelters lack the resources for homeless individuals to use and to maintain their dignity with.
Hygiene for the Homeless Canada is a student-led organization with eight high school branches across three provinces in the nation. Our members have a common goal of helping those who are vulnerable in our society, including, but not limited to, the homeless population.
Our primary focus surrounds the fundraising, packing, and delivery of hygiene kits. These kits include basic necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, socks, and foot/hand creams. In monthly drives, representatives from the organization personally go onto the streets and deliver hundreds of kits directly to those on the streets, as well as to local homeless shelters.
Through our service initiatives, we aspire to give to the homeless not just basic hygiene products that will last them for a month, but also hope: hope that they could one day get back into their regular lives, hope that they will find success. We believe that small acts like handing out hygiene kits can make a big difference within the lives of homeless people. At the end of the day, the dedication of our members and the positivity that we, as an organization, try to spread in our communities define who we are.
With better hygiene, the homeless can take back a more dignified place in society.