If you suddenly found yourself without a place to live, what items would you need for day-to-day living? As part of its social service outreach, the Samaritan Center (Ooltewah, Tenn.) gives out personal care kits. For the past five years, Pathfinders have put together these kits at the annual Georgia-Cumberland Conference Pathfinder Camporee. This year they assembled 900 kits!
The kits contain a pair of new socks, washcloth, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and razor and shaving cream. These items help provide cleanliness and dignity to those in need and are given out to transients and domestic violence victims. Local organizations and church groups use them for inner city outreach, and they are given to other area social service agencies such as the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and the local Red Cross. In times of natural disaster, kits are provided to families in affected areas.
The Samaritan Center is the only social services agency in Ooltewah and provided essential emergency aid services to approximately 3,500 people in 2012. Last year, the Center gave out more than $90,000 in food to those in need, and volunteers donated 18,610 hours in service to the community. Its vision is to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Next time you meet a Pathfinder, thank them for their service to your community!
Written by Marcella Morales, marketing director at the Samaritan Center