DIY Hygiene Kits for Victims of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas
In our experience, The Bahamas is home to some of the most beautiful places, charming people and vibrant cultures in the world. We consider it a great honor to work with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to represent their beautiful paradise to the world.
We consider them to be much more than just clients though. Through the years of working together and our company trip to The Bahamas, we’ve formed true friendships that mean a lot to all of us.
When we heard about the horrible damage that Hurricane Dorian rendered there this week, we were truly heartbroken. The danger of hurricanes is not new for them and they’re an incredibly resilient people, but we know that many there must be struggling right now.
We felt compelled to do something to directly help the daily lives of the people who have been most impacted by the disaster. Those who have lost their homes, especially, need the basics to get by right now, so we decided to create hygiene kits.
As we were assembling basics like shampoo, soap and toothbrushes we were struck with how versatile these simple kits are. If you ever see a disaster on the news and think, “I wish I could help,” then this could be the perfect way to take direct action.
DIY Hygiene Kits
First, decide how many kits you will make. Then make a list of all the items you would like to include. Here are our suggestions and what we included in our kits:
- Large plastic zip bag
- Drawstring bag (optional)
- Set of 2 toothbrushes
- Hand sanitizer
- Bar soap
- Sanitary napkins
- Baby wipes
We also decided to include a personal note to let the recipient of each bag know that people are thinking of them and hoping things will get better.
The cost of each of our bags was about $8, which is a small cost to help someone feel clean and cared for. However, if you wanted to bring this cost down, you could certainly look for bulk deals to get larger quantities of travel toiletries.
Small Actions, Big Impact
If you’re not able to send items to a place that was recently impacted by a disaster, consider making them anyway and dropping them at a homeless shelter. You could even keep them in your car and give them directly to people who you encounter who need help.
The point is, it doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone’s day. We often feel bad that we can’t do enough or don’t know where to start, but focusing on the small things may be a big deal to people in need.