Volunteers donate hygeine kits to elementary schools

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A donation of 500 hygiene kits will help needy children with basic sanitary needs at three elementary schools.

Cecellia Hall of Raleigh, founder and president of the Beauty4Ashes Soaring Eagles Foundation, took the kits to Hearne, Winstead and Barnes elementary schools earlier this month.

“The reason why I chose the Title I schools is because my kids went to Wilson County Schools,” Hall said. “I feel like it will help the community.”

Hall is a Wilson native.

“I researched it and thought about what they would need so they wouldn’t be bullied at school because of certain hygiene products they don’t have, so that’s how I came up with the kits,” Hall said.

Hall held a fundraiser, and the Rebirthing Our Cultural Kingdom Foundation donated the kit bags to help out. The contents include toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and soap.

Hall purchased the contents herself, with help from Sharon Lane and Antonio Jenkins.

Kiesha Watkins, a school counselor at Winstead Elementary, said the kits will fill a need at the schools.

“It will be an awesome asset to them because a lot of times we don’t have all these supplies here at school,” Watkins said. “We rely on the donations from people like her to help them with it. It maybe something as simple as toothpaste or a toothbrush, but it’s normal to us. Everyone doesn’t have that at home.”

Watkins said the focus now will be on the girls at the schools.

“We are getting ready to have our Wonder Years Project to teach kids about puberty,” Watkins said. “It is going to help them with that, and it is also going to help the guys out too by keeping up their hygiene as well. As you get older, things change, so we have to change how we take care of ourselves.”

Watkins expressed appreciation for Hall’s donation.

“It has helped me out a lot and it has taken the burden off of where we were going to get it and where we were going to get the funds for it,” Watkins said. “I don’t have to worry about that now. I can just walk to my closet and pull it out when I need it.”

Hall said as donations come in, she will try to expand the project to other elementary schools in Wilson County.

Anyone who would like to donate hygiene products for additional kits can call Hill at 252-292-5657.