Jun 262013

Happy summer! Our Act Out Now big summer project is underway. Many expressed interest in the hygiene kit collection and assembly we are doing for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. This is a great opportunity for families with kids of all ages! If you still want to join in on this worthy project, and have yet to contact us, there is still time. Here are all the details of our drive and how it will work.

Who We Are Collecting For

We will be collecting the materials for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. Mission Outreach is a not-for-profit organization that addresses unmet medical needs of people in developing countries. The hygiene kits are a valuable product that help save lives. These kits are used as learning tools in literacy, hygiene, nutrition and health classes. The kits are also distributed to people who understand hygiene, but have limited resources.

Items for Each Hygiene Kit

To assemble one hygiene kit, the following items are required:

  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 fingernail clippers (no toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (3oz or larger)
  • 1 toothbrush in package (no child-size)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste (6.4oz or larger)
  • 6 band-aids
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy)
  • 1 one-gallon zip lock bags

Our Collection Goal

We have an initial goal of at least 25 hygiene kits (of course more would be great!). We hope each family can commit to a certain number of items (e.g. 25 toothbrushes,15 hand towels, etc.).

How to Collect Items for the Drive

  1. Contact Us: If you are interested in participating in the drive, and have yet to be in touch with us, simply send us a quick e-mail to let us know which item(s) from the list above you would like to focus on.
  2. Get creative with collecting: Some ways that you can collect items might include purchasing the items yourself, trying to collect items from family/friends/neighbors, doing a letter writing campaign to companies to see if they will donate items, etc.
  3. Try a Neighborhood Collection: Here you can download a note that can be attached to bags and left for neighbors—you would just need to fill in the blanks on the note, deliver them throughout your neighborhood, and then go back on the date that you indicated to see if anyone donated items.

The Project Timeline

  1. The Drive: The drive/collection will run through the summer.
  2. The Packing: We will meet with all the donated items in August to assemble the kits. The exact date will be determined as we get closer. The location of the assembly will depend on the total numbers of participants for this drive. (Maybe we’ll meet at one of our homes or at the local library.)
  3. The Field Trip (optional): We are planning to visit Mission Outreach to learn more about what they do on Friday, July 19th. Due to their safety/liability rules, Mission Outreach asks that anyone coming to their facility be at least 9 years of age or older. If this outing interests you, please let us know about that too.

That’s it for now. Thank you again for your assistance with this drive. If you have any questions please let us know. We’re really excited about working with all of you on this project. It’s going to be great.

Apr 182013

Students at Moraine Valley Community College are running a book drive to help give the gift of reading to underprivileged children. The drive runs through April 26. Book must be new or gently used, be hardcover, and be for preschool ages 3-5 years. Collection boxes are set up in the Moraine Valley bookstore, library, and cafeteria. All donations support Books for Kids. Cash and check donations can be handled in the Moraine Valley library. Checks are made payable directly to Books for Kids or Carole Robertson Center for Learning. Please ask a librarian about information on how to receive tax exemption. All proceeds will be donated to the Carole Robertson Center for Learning library and the Books for Kids library.

Moraine Valley Community College is located at 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL. If you do not make it out that way often and would still like to donate books to this cause, contact Act Out Now and we will do our best to assist. Thanks.

Mar 312013
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We’re kicking off our April Shoe Drive this week in cooperation with the Share Your Soles Foundation. A team of four hard-working, committed Moraine Valley Students—Haley, Xenia, Miguel, and Dil—are taking this drive on as a part of their service learning work this semester. Twelve shoe collection barrels have been placed across the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills, IL. Come on out with your new or gently used shoes to donate this spring. The shoes will be counted, sorted, and processed by the students and delivered to Share Your Soles. From there, they will be cleaned/polished, laced, boxed and prepared for shipment to one of the many truly impoverished areas around the world that Share Your Soles serves. Shoes truly can mean the difference between living and dying in many places of the world. So many of us take our own shoes for granted. Remember those in need this spring. Clear out the gently used shoes you won’t wear again (or buy some new ones to give if you’d like) and bring them to one of the many collection barrels on campus. You’ll find a barrel in every major campus building—from the library to the gym. If you need help locating one, just contact us, and we’ll direct you.

Keep an eye on the our collection thermometer (to the right) appearing in various places on actoutnow.org throughout the drive. Our goal is 1,000 pairs of shoes!

Want to get involved with Share Your Soles? Join the student crew and other volunteers on April 6th, when they visit the Share Your Soles warehouse to help out. Or contact Share Your Soles directly to schedule your volunteer day or learn more about getting involved with this fantastic organization. Can’t give time, but want to give money? Share Your Soles is in constant need of financial support to pay for the extreme costs of processing and shipping shoes. Visit their web site to learn how you can help in these and other ways: shareyoursoles.org.