We are so proud of our community for coming together to support Day of Action 2020! For the last month, Henderson County has rallied to support our 2020 Day of Action project: funding and assembling 13,000 back to school hygiene kits for Henderson County Public Schools (HCPS) students. Kits are now in the process of being distributed to students like the ones from Fletcher Elementary School, pictured above.
Over 100 volunteers assembled kits in their homes, workplaces, and in socially-distant gatherings. Funding for the project came through individual donations, civic club and corporate donations, grant funding from Pisgah Health Foundation and event sponsorship from Pardee UNC Health Care. Gaia Herbs made an incredible donation of 13,500 bottles of hand sanitizer and their employees assembled 5,000 kits. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided 30,000 adult-sized masks for middle and high school students, and smaller, adjustable-sized masks were purchased through the donations.
Several local businesses including Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Champion Comfort Experts, Bank of America, and GE Current donated funds and some even provided matching donations, while members of the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville raised funds and held an outdoor kit assembly event at Jackson Park. Local small business members of United Way’s Small Business League voted to designate their annual distribution of funds to this important project as well. This incredible accomplishment shows what we can do, together!
HCPS Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services and incoming Superintendent Dr. John Bryant said, "Like so much this year, Day of Action became an opportunity to address an urgent and critical need. The profound generosity of our community has provided a direct impact to every student in our school community, better ensuring their personal and family health. We are so very proud to partner with United Way of Henderson County and Pardee UNC Health Care to serve our students, their health, and their educational experiences."