Moreno, Vasquez will host hygiene product drive

Moreno, Vasquez will host hygiene product drive

PAWTUCKET – School Committee member Roberto Moreno and City Councilor Elena Vasquez, responding to The Breeze story last week on homeless residents not having access to a shower for more than a month, will be hosting a Hygiene Kit Supply Drive at The Guild.

“This week’s Valley Breeze informed us of the horrible realities on how our homeless brothers and sisters have been denied a basic human right we take for granted: personal hygiene,” said Moreno in a post. “Our homeless citizens, who have fallen through the cracks of society, who do not have the means or the strength to properly protect themselves, are suffering.”

Society responds by trying to mitigate the damage done by their presence, such as “throwing them in prison, throwing them in shelters, and removing them away from our communal areas and schools,” he said.

He and Vasquez, believing that providing for “our most vulnerable neighbors is the bare minimum that we can contribute,” will collect personal hygiene items to donate to homeless residents. “While this is a temporary solution to a continuous problem, items like soaps, shampoos, menstrual products and more can create a difference in the lives of those less fortunate,” Moreno said.

The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 25 at The Guild, 461 Main St. Items needed include shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, fold-up toothbrushes, breath strips, mouth wash, small first aid kits, deodorant, travel soap or body wash, hand sanitizer, lotion, lip balm, hair bands, and menstrual products.