I am so fortunate to have been invited to run the Boston Marathon as part of Hope and Comfort's team!
Hope and Comfort distributes essential personal hygiene items to youth and families in need throughout Greater Boston. Strongly correlated with food insecurity, the issue of hygiene insecurity is widespread. Even the most basic personal care products cannot be accessed with S.N.A.P. benefits (oftentimes known as ‘food stamps’) and are not included under other federal, state, or local safety net systems. To address this gap, Hope and Comfort has distributed over half a million products since our founding.
Distributions take place in collaboration with community partners serving low-income populations, and are paired with hygiene education curricula when possible. Hope and Comfort is the only organization in our area solely dedicated to alleviating hygiene insecurity, reaching approximately 50,000 individuals each year. The personal care items we deliver bring health, confidence, and dignity to those in need.
The need for and impact of Hope and Comfort’s services is evident in the powerful voices of those with whom we work:
* “The students we serve live in extreme poverty and often qualify as homeless. Often students living in poverty do not have access to hygiene items and come to school unclean. Many students have to share items such as a toothbrush with their siblingsbecause they cannot afford more than one.” – An afterschool program partner
* “I like the shampoo. It smells nice in my hair. It makes me feel happy. I love the toothpaste and toothbrush, it makes my teeth white and the toothbrush really cleans out the dirt. I brush my teeth at night now. I used to be embarrassed to smile because my teeth were yellow. Now I can smile with my white teeth. I love the [hygiene] kit.” – A Boston Public School Student