15
December
2022
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16:22 PM
America/Chicago

The Generosity of Our Employees: Cook Children's Annual Drive For People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness

Fall Drive 2Thousands of personal care items were collected to support organizations that serve people without permanent shelter in Cook Children’s Annual Drive for people who are experiencing homelessness.

 The final totals are in and included these impressive numbers:

  • Travel-sized bars of soap  - 4,117
  • Bars of soap  - 3,227
  • Washcloths - 1,681
  • Bath towels - 446
  • Hand towels - 310
  • Twin sheet sets - 185

“For the eleventh year that I have been part of the Homeless Initiative, Cook Children’s employees have gone above and beyond again,” said Pat Ballard, case manager, Homeless Initiative Program. “It is a joy to see the gratitude the shelter staff express when we deliver all the donations. Your donations truly make a difference.”

The items will be distributed to three organizations doing crucial work in serving the day-to-day needs of people in our community that are experiencing homelessness: the Presbyterian Night Shelter, Union Gospel Mission and the Arlington Night Shelter.

“Thank you everyone again so much for this great success,” said Emily Dubowski, homeless case manager project coordinator, The Women’s Center. “One shelter told me they are set with sheets for the next year. This was an amazing turnout and everyone on the receiving end of this drive has expressed lots of gratitude.”

Fall Drive Karen Kimberling 2Other items collected were:

  • Blankets - 11
  • Deodorant  - 14
  • Spray Deodorant - 4
  • Travel Deodorant - 2
  • Kids Hooded Bath Towels - 10
  • Full Sheet Set -1
  • Toothbrushes - 20
  • Toothpaste (Full Sized) -33
  • Travel Toothbrush/paste set - 8
  • Travel Toothpaste - 10
  • Floss - 5
  • Pairs of Adult Socks - 48
  • Pairs of Children’s Socks - 12
  • Nail Files - 12
  • Femail personal items: 80
  • Face Wash -  4
  • Hand Sanitizer Packets - 4
  • Men Travel Set - 2  (Cologne, razor, toothbrush/paste, shaving cream, razor)
  • Hair Ties -27
  • Fall drive Karen Kimberling 1Contact Cases -2
  • Razors -16
  • Combs-  2
  • Word Search Books - 4
  • Travel Size Shaving Cream - 1
  • Travel Size Shampoo- 4
  • Full-Size Shampoo -1
  • Full-Size Conditioner- 1
  • Liquid Hand Soap - 2
  • Pillow - 1
  • Pillow Cases  - 2