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I remember handkerchiefs. My father wore his in his lapel pocket; my mother hers in her handbag; mine was always tucked in a pocket, sleeve, wherever. Clean a handkerchief was OK but used it was simply nasty and certainly not sanitary. Then facial tissues came into my life – no washing required, completely disposable. Wow, more comfort, less germs!
My post office clerk knows me by name because of all the caring packages I have sent over the years to America’s military. Snacks, reading material, games, toiletries, and, yes, facial tissues.
Both hubby and I are vet and vet family advocates. We do what we can when we can. Almost a life-time ago each of us joined a veterans support group and remain committed to this day. When we learned of a local Stand Down twenty-years ago we donated clothes, shoes, what we could. But that did not seem enough. We wanted do more our Armed Force men and women who risked all for America. That’s when we learned about New Jersey’s Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Veterans.
Did you know that an estimated 2,000 veterans here are homeless? They don’t take beds, TVs, air-conditioners for granted. They need to know people care. They also need creature comforts like blankets, slipper socks, and bosses of tissues.
A recent release from Scotties caught by attention.
January was a great month for 100 homeless people in Boston who are now living in permanent supportive housing thanks to the generosity of The Pine Street Inn. The Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for the homeless in the state of Massachusetts. They provide emergency shelters for the homeless, have street teams, they offer job placement programs as well as many other resources.
In a partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, the new residents were welcomed into their new homes with comfort care packs. In an effort to kick off 2017 with a worthy cause, Scotties provided each of the 100 residents with a queen-sized fleece blanket, warm slipper socks, a mug with hot cocoa and marshmallows, and of course boxes of soft Scotties tissues! These small gifts of comfort can be just what may be needed to turn a house into a home. For so many homeless people, who have not had a room of their own for a long time, this acted as one small step in their journey to a better life for themselves.
Maria, who has lived in her beautiful home for the last three months was previously homeless. She has made her home her own by beautifully decorating it in the style of her native home, Columbia. She is eager to put the Scotties blanket to use this winter!
When I read that Scotties kicked off 2017 by helping get 100 homeless into permanent housing in Boston, their philanthropy sold me I’d be buying Scotties from now on. Since they support a worthy cause, I must support them.