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Students Launch Toiletry Drive for Two Local Agencies

September 14, 2018

St. John Fisher College’s peer ministry team is launching a toiletries drive to benefit those served by the House of Mercy and St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality.

Led by students Mary Grace Shine and Emily Dwyer, the peer ministry team will make hygiene kits for those who live on the streets.

The drive will run through Sunday, Sept 23. Contributions can be dropped off in boxes located in the narthex of the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great or in the Campus Ministry Center in the Donald E. Bain Campus Center.

Items in most need include travel size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Kleenex, Q-tips, socks, feminine products, deodorant, floss, wipes, and other similar items. They are also collecting gallon Ziploc bags and shoe boxes.

Dwyer said that this is the first of several projects the peer ministry team plans to host.

“We wanted to help our local community and we plan to do that throughout the year in various ways,” she said.

Shine agreed, noting that it also serves as an opportunity for students to go beyond Fisher and into the local community.

“We felt the House of Mercy and St. Joseph’s were excellent choices as they embody many of the values St. John Fisher College embodies as a school in their service to the local homeless,” said Shine.