Giving them dignity through hygiene

2016-08-09 06:00
 Jodi Currie from Diep River is collecting toiletries for the homeless as she believes hygiene is important to everyone – even the homeless.

Jodi Currie from Diep River is collecting toiletries for the homeless as she believes hygiene is important to everyone – even the homeless.

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Diep River resident Jodi Currie is on a mission to help the homeless to be hygienic because she believes that though they are homeless, it doesn’t mean they are not equal to other people.

She has started to collect toiletries for the homeless through a project she calls Homeless Hygiene Donations.

“Basically my project is about helping the less fortunate to become more hygienic and to look after themselves with basic cleaning products. It is also to show everyone that just because they are homeless it doesn’t mean that they are not the same as us,” she says.

For almost two months she had this idea to help the homeless but thought to herself she couldn’t make any difference.

“So I brushed it off. I left the idea until we started collecting hygiene goodies for my work for a shelter. That’s when it clicked and I made up my mind that I wanted to do this for the homeless,” she says.

“So I spoke to a few of our local homeless people at the shop close to home and thought I would give it a try as I have nothing to lose, but I do have something to gain, which will be the smiles on their faces, which is priceless. That’s how I started,” says Currie.

“The reason I’m doing this is because, firstly, not all of them chose to be in the situation they are in today. Yes, many think I’m crazy for doing it as the homeless don’t care, but if you just take a few minutes out of your day and speak to them or say hello and not ignore them, you will realise they are exactly the same as all of us, just less fortunate, and really appreciate everything people do for them,” she says.

“A lot of people are trying to help the homeless with soup kitchens, while others are donating blankets and clothes, but not many give them towels, soap, toothbrushes and other things they need. I thought it would be a good idea to donate hygiene products to help keep them clean as it is very important. I’m also calling on anyone that wants to make a difference in the lives of the homeless to help put together the packs. Money for the products is always welcome,” says Currie.

One pack costs around R50 and will contain the following: soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, face cloth, roll-on, toilet roll, chocolate/sweet for comfort, and sanitary pads as an extra for the women.

V To donate R50 for a complete pack or for anything on the list, please contact Currie on her Facebook page “Homeless Hygiene Donations” or Jodi Currie or on WhatsApp on 079 824 5270.

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