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Unboxing hope: A look inside a critical care kit

Blog Team
May 25, 2019

A simple box of personal items can bring back normalcy to a life that’s been ripped apart.

Imagine being the victim of a devastating natural disaster who has lost everything … your home, your belongings, your livelihood. But then imagine having small bits of home and security placed back into your hands.

It’s all possible when you help provide critical care kits to people in need. These kits can be the difference between someone feeling unclean, alone, and forgotten or feeling hopeful for tomorrow.

Even simple self-care items like shampoo, a toothbrush, and a razor can mean the world to a person in the immediate wake of a disaster. Grabbing these everyday essentials are often the last thing on someone’s mind as they are fleeing a flood, earthquake, or violence.

Once they are arrive to safety, being greeting with these necessities can be an incredible comfort. They are often worn out, and a simple hygiene kit can give them the ability to feel human again.

In Zimbabwe, after Cyclone Idai struck and destroyed homes and lives, people were left with nothing.

Mr. Mtisi survived the cyclone but was struggling to cope without basic essentials. “I have no peace, I have lost everything including my wife,” he said. He was homeless and had no food or clothing, let alone necessities like soap, a toothbrush, and toothpaste.

But because of generous donors who had helped provide critical care kits, Mr. Mtisi was able to receive hygiene items as well as an entire month’s worth of food.

When you give a critical care kit to an individual in desperate need, you’re helping one person take the first step toward rebuilding his life after a tragedy.

In addition to personal hygiene items, the kits you provide may also meet other urgent needs like baby care supplies for parents of newborns, menstrual hygiene items for girls in developing countries, and school supplies to help students around the world succeed in school.

Something as small — and as vital — as a comb and a bar of soap can refresh a person, remind him he’s loved and cared for, and give him hope for tomorrow.


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