With an estimated amount of about 6,500 homeless people in Orange County, Bernardo Yorba Middle Schools Leadership class in partnership with Mercy House in helping to improve the quality of life for homeless individuals, through the collection and donation of hygiene products during fourth period classes from October 7th to October 25th
“We would love to have shampoo/conditioner, liquid body wash, toothbrush/toothpaste. lotion, deodorant (both genders), hair brushes, socks, gloves, and loofahs,” states Hailey Whittaker BYMS Leadership student. All opened donations will go straight to Mercy House at the end of the drive.
“Persons experiencing homelessness in the United States experience significant barriers to self-care and personal hygiene, including limited access to clean showers, laundry and hand washing facilities,” reported Int J Environ Res Public Health. Cleanliness becomes secondary to searching for food and stable shelter.
Mercy House is helping all people without shelter throughout Orange County and is located at 807 N Garfield St, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Mercy House was established in 1988 and according to their website, the organization’s mission is to ‘be leaders in ending homelessness by providing a unique system of dignified housing opportunities, programs, and supportive services” People can help to volunteer for this organization by simply donating to the Mercy House directly or by dropping off supplies at the BYMS office located at 5350 Fairmont Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA.
Leadership did their research in finding a charity with whom they could develop a successful working relationship. Hailey Whittaker explained, “We found out about Mercy House because Mr. Kish instructed us to find a place for the school drive and donate everything to a place that could use it.”
Hailey Whittaker also stated, “We called many homeless shelters around our community and we really liked the people at Mercy House.”