A New Opportunity to Help Vulnerable Communities

Cambridge-based Solutions At Work is currently partnering with the City of Cambridge to meet the urgent needs of unhoused women and men during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding from the City enables SAW to distribute 30 meals a day, as well as personal hygiene items, snacks and other necessities to individuals living on the streets and in shelters in the Central Square area. Every night there are more than twice as many hungry folks as meals to feed them!

We can help! The Antiracism Task Force invites you to participate in another drive!  By donating personal items, snacks and other necessaries, we can liberate funds to purchase more meals for the hungry!

Here’s what they need!

Personal hygiene items:

  • small-size shampoo and conditioner
  • deodorant (men’s and women’s)
  • soap
  • body wash and body spray (men’s and women’s)
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • pocket packs of tissues
  • sanitary supplies
  • combs, brushes, hair elastics
  • razors (men’s and women’s)
  • Q-tips
  • insect repellent
  • cough drops and lozenges
Underwear: New men’s boxer shorts and t-shirts, women’s briefs (all sizes), socks
  • drink boxes, small plastic bottled drinks (not sugary)
  • bottled water
  • small packets of raisins or nuts
  • small packages of cheese and crackers
  • peanut butter crackers

Bedding: sleeping bags and blankets
Gift cards: to be used by SAW workers to purchase needed items

NOTE: Packs of multiple items are welcome. The team at SAW will break them down for distribution to more people!

When and where will the drive take place?
Dates: Wednesday, September 9th, through Sunday, September 20th
Place: Drop items in bins on front porch of the Parish House, or call to arrange pick-up.

Help First Parish in Lincoln to stand once again with our neighbors in need!

Questions? Contact Mary Gaylord (mgaylord@fas.harvard.edu or 978/505-7132).

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