As healthcare professionals and future healthcare professionals, many at Ross love to help people live healthier, happier lives. One of the favorite things to do for many staff, faculty, and students at Ross Medical Education Center campuses is to reach out and support those in need in the community, even beyond the healthcare field.
This fall, the Ross Medical Education Center campus in Flint, Michigan was thrilled to host their second annual Toiletry Drive during the month of October. Like last year, all of the toiletry items donated were once again be used to make “Blessing Bags.” These Blessing Bags were stocked full of supplies from the drive and then were handed out to the needy in the Flint community.
Although the holiday season is a time to enjoy friends, family, and the many blessings of life for many people, there are also many others that aren’t able to enjoy some of those things. In fact, there are many that are just struggling to make ends meet during the holidays. In order to try to support those individuals and families during this season, the Blessing Bags were able to be distributed on Thanksgiving Day to those that came to the Catholic Charities Flint North End Soup Kitchen.
This year’s Toiletry Drive at the Flint campus was a huge success. In fact, the campus was able to work together to help fill and donate 524 bags to those in need in the community! Each of the Blessing Bags consisted of everyday necessities such as socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, q-tips, lotion, hand warmers, razors, hand sanitizer, oatmeal, and more. Any bags that were left over after Thanksgiving were then donated to The Shelter of Flint and the YWCA of Greater Flint in order to ensure that nothing went to waste and as many as possible were helped this holiday season.