Help saneTV with research!
I am researching a blog post post that I want to make for the winter holidays about making care packages for our peers who are poor and/or homeless. Right now in my area (metro NYC) there are more people in this situation than ever, due to the poor economy and people displaced by hurricane Sandy — people my local friends know and love, but haven’t a clue how to help without embarrassing them or wasting efforts and resources.
This portion of the research is simple, and I only need answers concerning this question at this time.
What day-to-day non-food products, especially consumables (things that need to be replenished or replaced very often) does an adult (not children or infants) need?
Some examples would be toothpaste, sanitary napkins, aluminum foil, OTC pain remedies, toilet paper, shampoo, vitamins, paper towels, first aid items, cleaning sprays like 409, and so on.
Don’t think about whether a product is essential or a “luxury” as a) we all have different standards of comfort, and b) this is geared toward a holiday care package, so something that is geared toward feeling good is fine.
There are so many things people need, and you don’t think of them until they are ruined by flood water, stolen, or used up and there is no money to replace them. I can’t think of them all by myself — it is overwhelming — but I do know that many of these items not only are necessary to a healthy existence, they are desperately needed to help maintain dignity. We all feel better when we are clean, our hair is neat, our living space is clean, we’ve taken our vitamins, we smell like ourselves and our clothes are presentable. Dignity is a vital fuel for maintaining the strength to carry on.
Please give this some thought, and please don’t judge each other’s replies. And thank you all so much!