Imagine living through a sweltering Oklahoma summer without soap or deodorant.
Harsh reality isn't it?
Unfortunately, it's real for many Oklahomans and citizens around the world. Research from the CDC and WHO shows that 40 percent of the world's population lacks access to proper sanitation and personal hygiene products. Considering a 2005 report from Siren Magazine that showed the average woman spends $12,000 annually on personal hygiene and grooming products, this number isn't all that surprising. Prices for basic hygiene products are inflated beyond what the $26,000 average American salary can afford.
The SCA Corporation reports personal hygiene is essential for healthy self-esteem, social acceptance and success in the workplace. As part of our holistic approach, TEEM provides our students with more than 1,000 personal hygiene products, ranging from deodorant to denture tablets, each year. In light of the devestating May 2013 tornadoes, we expect an even greater need for hygiene items among our students this year.
With this in mind, we are excited and proud to partner with Allegiance Credit Union, Chesapeake Energy, Lassiter Drug, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church for a Summer Breeze Hygiene Drive! From July-August, we will be collecting all kinds of hygiene products at the above locations. Please consider dropping off an item (or two, or three, or four...) from our wishlist.
We are so grateful for your support, as well as the support of our fantastic business partners. Please share this information with your family, friends and co-workers to help us build our TEEM!