Hurricane Harvey Hygiene Kits

Asbury United Methodist Church is collecting Hygiene Kits to send to people recovering from Hurricane Harvey. These kits provide for the basic hygiene needs of people recovering from natural disasters. The cost is only about $12, but the benefit to those who receive them is much higher.

This is a great way for families to participate in the relief effort. If you would like to assemble a Hygiene Kit, please follow the instructions below and return your completed kit(s) to Asbury by September 24.

Hygiene Kit Materials

  • 1 hand towel
    • 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches
    • Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels are not acceptable
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
    • Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches
    • No pocket combs or picks
    • Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
    • No emery boards, please
  • 1 bath-size soap
    • 3 oz. and larger sizes only
    • No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
    • Do not remove from original packaging
  • 1 adult size toothbrush
    • Do not remove from original packaging
  • 6 adhesive bandages
    • Common ¾ inch to 1 inch-size Band-Aids
  • 1 one-gallon plastic bag
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste

Assembly Directions

Set the $1.00 for toothpaste aside to be included in a separate envelope. Lay out the hand towel flat on a table. Lay the washcloth flat in the center of the hand towel. Place all remaining items on top of the washcloth. Fold over the sides of the hand towel to cover all of the items. Fold over one end of the hand towel so that it covers all of the items. Grasp the bundle of items tightly and roll over the remainder of the hand towel tightly. Place the tightly rolled bundle in the plastic bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Important Notes

  • All items must be new.
  • Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
  • Remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.
  • These kits have been designed to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. It is important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.
  • Do not include personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits.
  • UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) purchases toothpaste in bulk, and this will be added to each Hygiene Kit.
  • Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Please place your dollar in a separate envelope and bring it to the church with your kit donations.
  • Hygiene Kits should be delivered to Asbury United Methodist Church by September 24, 2017

Asbury will also be collecting Cleaning Kits (Flood Buckets) in response to Hurricane Harvey. More information about Cleaning Kits can be found here.