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Toiletries provided to needy families

Family-to-Family, Inc. a nonprofit poverty relief organization, is bringing “Shower To The People” to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The program provides hygienic/personal care products to impoverished American families in need.

“It’s hard to believe that the most basic personal care items—soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper—are considered luxury items for families living on the edge,” said Pam Koner, founder of Family-to-Family. “I’ve heard of families in need taking liquid soap home from fast-food restaurant bathrooms, teenage girls skipping school because they don’t have feminine hygiene products, families using dish detergent as shampoo, children being bullied at school for being unclean, and most shockingly, of families going without toilet paper.”

The hygiene supplies are provided with support from High Ridge Brands, maker of Zest, VO5, White Rain, Coast and Rave. SNAP, The Supplemental Assistance Program (formerly the food stamp program), and other major Federal assistance programs don’t provide assistance for the purchase of personal care products, leading millions of families to go without.

To date, the Shower To The People program has served 39 communities throughout 36 states, and the District of Columbia, and High Ridge Brands will have donated more than 3 million showers-worth of items.

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