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Church collects hygiene products for homeless women


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A Bible study group at a local church is looking for donations of hygiene products that can be distributed to homeless women in Roswell.

Alyson Lyons, head of The Misfits Psalm 107, a women’s Bible study group at Grace Community Church, said a pastor at the church challenged Bible study groups to come up with community projects. She said that her group last fall responded by accepting donations of women’s hygiene products that can then be distributed to homeless women.

Lyons added that from what she heard there are hundreds of homeless people in Roswell, and she thinks the monthly hygiene needs of women often get forgotten.

The Misfits accepts the donations, puts them into bags and then delivers them to Harvest Ministries. She said about 40 bags are made and delivered every two weeks to Harvest Ministries, and that the Salvation Army wants to begin having 10 bags on-hand to give to women in need.

Donations to the group have slowed this summer, Lyons said, and her group cannot keep using their own money to buy the products.

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The Misfits are looking for donations of tampons and pads in new packaging as well as small containers of shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, body wash, travel-size containers of deodorant and hand sanitizers. Quart-sized Ziploc bags are also being sought.

Razors are not being given away by the group, Lyons said.

She added that the Misfits’ goal is to double the number of bags they send to Harvest Ministries every two weeks from 40 to 80.

Donated items can be dropped off in the front office of Grace Community Church at 935 W. Mescalero Road Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can also drop off items in a donation box at the Roswell Daily Record office at 2301 N. Main St. from 8 a.m to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday or Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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