At IPM, families in need tell us that personal care products are difficult to afford and access. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps, and we often hear stories that parents are sharing deodorant with their teenagers, or families are washing their hair with dish soap.

Last year, a member of the Knights of Columbus from Immaculate Heart of Mary was inspired by an article about a group in Michigan providing bags of personal care items for individuals in need. Bringing this idea to his K of C Council, Mike O'Neil was met with an enthusiastic response. The members recognized the impact of access to personal care products on a person's dignity.

This community group began assembling Personal Care Packs containing items most needed by IPM, including soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant and a number of other products. Collecting donations from its membership as well as the IHM Parish and local businesses, the group has been providing these packs to IPM monthly for the last year and plans to continue.

Thank you, Knights of Columbus, for supporting this endeavor!