Touro students donate much-needed hygiene kits to organization

By Irma Widjojo Times-Herald staff writer 
Posted: 09/20/2012 01:01:39 AM PDT

Rows of sealed transparent bags, 150 of them to be exact, filled a table top inside the Global Center for Success on Wednesday. 

These bags are hygiene kits donated to the organization by a group of Touro University students, who are also members of the community service fraternity Sigma Sigma Phi. 

The students started by collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary napkins and other personal hygiene items, however the collection expanded. 

"It turned into people donating whatever they have," said Amy Ngan, one of the students. 

In about a month, the students collected enough for 150 hygiene kits, but also bags of clothes, socks and shoes, which will go into the organization's closets.

The Global Center for Success is a Mare Island-based nonprofit that helps the homeless transition back into society by providing them life skills.

The donated clothes will add to the clothing options the center offers to its clients for such occasions such as job interviews or graduations from the program, said Ron Nicholson an instructor. 

"They feel good about themselves when they are able to dress well," Nicholson said. 

Executive Director Elvie Deleon said the donations came right in time. 

"We are down to only 16 kits," Deleon said. "This is like a blessing in buckets." 

The center gives a kit to each new client, she added. However, some kits donated Wednesday will be brought to an event today. 

The event, the Project Homeless Connect, will feature other agencies that provide homeless services. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2025 Sonoma Blvd. 

"It's very rewarding to be able to give back," Ngan said. "As students we don't have much, but we would like to give back anything we can." 

Contact staff writer Irma Widjojo at (707) 553-6835 or iwidjojo@timesheraldonline.com. Follow her on Twitter @IrmaVTH.

 

Students from Touro University collected hundreds of hygiene products to make 150 kits for the Global Center of Success. The organization is running low on the kits that they give to clients. Some will be given out at the Project Homeless Connect event Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Vallejo. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)
Students from Touro University collected hundreds of hygiene products to make 150 kits for the Global Center of Success. The organization is running low on the kits that they give to clients. Some will be given out at the Project Homeless Connect event Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Vallejo. (Chris Riley/Times-Herald)