Hickory –  On June 21, 2017 Catawba County United Way is rallying hundreds of volunteers throughout the community for a Day of Action, an annual event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in our community.

This year’s event, a Personal Caring Drive, will benefit students in the three local school systems by providing them basic hygiene items. Items collected will be available through school social workers or other school personnel.

Volunteers in Catawba County are participating in a community-wide collection drive of basic hygiene items to promote a healthy lifestyle for students in our three school systems. “For some students, it’s hard to be successful in school under the best circumstances. Not having the items they need for their personal hygiene just adds to their struggle.

Promoting healthy lifestyles and helping children and youth achieve academic success are just two of our focus areas at United Way. We are confident this drive will help our students in both of these areas.” said Sylvia Long, Director of Community Impact at Catawba County United Way.

Lead Social Worker, Sherry Shuford with Catawba County Schools said “For some parents it’s a struggle to provide the things that are absolutely necessary for their children, the basic needs. Items that many of us take for granted – deodorant, body wash, even toothpaste can be expensive and aren’t in the family budget.

Having these hygiene items available to give to a student in need goes a long way in making a student feel better about himself which in turn makes him a better student”

Items being collected are – toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, hair spray, hair gel, body wash, soap, shave crème and feminine hygiene products. The public may drop-off sites for hygiene items are the City of Hickory at City Hall, City of Newton at City Hall, Town of Maiden at Town Hall, City of Claremont at City Hall or at Catawba County United Way through June 30, 2017.

Various companies throughout the community are also doing internal collections. Once collected, United Way volunteers will sort and package items for pick-up by local school personnel prior to school starting in the fall.

Last year, more than 418 United Ways in 21 countries mobilized volunteers in their communities on Day of Action.

For more info. on volunteering or United Way, visit www.ccunitedway.com, like us on facebook, email – slong@ccunitedway.com or call 828-327-6851.