Blessings to Go
Eight Waves' Pantries are located in School and Community Centers in Lake and Orange County, solely dedicated to addressing youth hygiene insecurity.
The many requests for hygiene products we receive tell the story of thousands of youth without access to the essentials. Often, these young people are embarrassed to go to school, become bullied for having body odor, and isolate themselves.
Hygiene is about more than just health and well-being – when kids feel clean, they also feel confident, and their self-esteem is raised.
This connection provides families with additional resources to meet the day to day needs of their family as well as advocacy and individualized resources for special needs.
Rock and a Hard Place
Families are unable to purchase hygiene supplies with food stamps, leaving many families in a situation with the choice to either pay their bills or to buy soap.
Supplying items such as body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and feminine care products can help improve the health and self-esteem of a young person, giving them the confidence they need to succeed.