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United Way of 1000 Lakes is holding its annual Personal Care Drive to collect essential toiletries and other small items to help disconnected youth, victims of violence, seniors and the homeless meet their basic needs, including hygiene items.

The drive is held in conjunction with United Way’s 3rd annual Day of Action on June 19 -- a day-long event where people throughout the area complete dozens of community service projects and activities at various locations. Projects are designed to match a wide variety of skill levels and interests. Tasks range from landscaping and outdoor beautification projects to interior painting and general clean-up. 

This year’s Day of Action project sites include:
Judy Garland and Children’s Discovery Museum (host site/volunteer check-in and registration)
Grand Rapids Sports Complex 
Kiesler Welless Center building site

The Personal Care Drive continues through June 19. Personal Care items collected locally can be dropped off at the United Way of 1000 Lakes, located at 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, adjacent to Old Central School in Grand Rapids. Other drop-off locations include, the Judy Garland Museum; Children’s Discovery Museum; and Kiesler House.

The care packages will be distributed to shelter programs, food shelves and other United Way’s partners programs across United Way’s service area of greater Itasca.

"The United Way Personal Care Drive is another way to help men, women and children in crisis," said Kimberly Brink Smith, executive director of United Way of 1000 Lakes. "It may seem like a small and simple gesture, but contributing hygiene items makes you part of the solution. It is a way to show that you care about your neighbors who are in crisis and it tells them that you want to help."

Want to help? 
Start a collection at your church, organization, civic group and/or business. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to donate a combination of new, unopened items.  The following items are needed: (full size) shampoo; deodorant; bar soap; toothbrush and toothpaste; lotion; hair comb/brush; sun screen; lip balm; adhesive bandages; antibiotic ointment; warm socks; tampons; panty liners; laundry detergent; diapers; (new) wash cloths, hand and bath towels; and prepaid gas cards. Toolkit is available for download at:

To arrange for items to be picked-up, call 218-999-7570 prior to June 19th. For more information visit: Day of Action! at

About United Way of 1000 Lakes
United Way of 1000 Lakes is the leader in mobilizing resources of individuals, companies, government and local organizations, igniting community collaboration for change in support of the building blocks for a good quality life – success in school; financial stability; access to care; and making healthy lifestyle choices. United way invites everyone to join the movement. Visit





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