Northern Virginia – Hugs and Toiletries

Assistance League of Northern Virginia recently held a combined Hugs and Toiletries packing session, with 17 members participating.  Two teams packed Hugs Pillow Bundles and the third team assembled toiletry packages.  The chapter members delivered the packages to four local elementary schools at the conclusion.

The Hugs Bundles contained beautiful pillows, hand-made and donated by the skilled artisans of the Dunbarton Hugs Team, in Bristow.  Our members cleverly combined a colorful pillow with a coordinating Beanie Baby, then added a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a book.  We assembled 335 Bedtime Hugs packages for our Action Week project and provided them to Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

The third team selected an assortment of items for the toiletry kits, including soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and packed 140 kits.  In addition, thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we were able to provide:  20 Clean Smart Kits, 240 child-sized face masks, 100 combination packs that included a pair of Bombas socks and small-sized toiletries, and 250 boxes of crayons.  Those items were delivered to the same schools, along with the Hugs packages.

In addition, we donated 70 grocery gift cards, at the request of a school whose families continue to struggle with food insecurity.

More than 1150 kids and their families had new reasons to smile, as did all our members who helped with this effort.