Thursday, February 3, 2011

Activity Day Service Project

For Activity Days yesterday, we went to "Aid for Friends."  It's a homeless shelter in Pocatello.  We learned a few things, and helped organize and put together hygiene kits.

First, we learned what item the shelter needs most-- Toilet Paper. It makes sense, but I never would have thought of it. The girls want to organize a toilet paper drive for the ward.  I'm excited for them, but it seems kinda funny, usually you have a book drive, or a clothing drive.

Second, we learned that besides the Pocatello shelter, there is one in Idaho Falls, and then the next closest is Ogden, Utah - almost 2 hours away.  This part of the country they are scarce-- but that also makes a little sense, since it's not really populated.  Like, where are you going to put one on I-15 between here and Odgen?  Also, ours gets overcrowded in the winter time.  They have beds for about 20-25 guests. They have had around 40 people sleeping there every night this month.  Many are on cots and bed rolls, but they are just happy to get out of the cold.

Third, we put together about 100 hygiene kits.  They are like little overnight grab-bags for the guests.  They have a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap and maybe some deodorant, floss, mouthwash, razors, etc. And our girls did this in less than an hour!  For the most part, they were really cheerful and had a good time!

So, if we start asking for toilet paper....