HYGIENE FREAKS 1ST “HYGIENE KIT ASSEMBLY PARTY” OVER 250 HYGIENE KITS FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN LOS ANGELES– THANKS TO ROTARY CLUB & LAVA MAE
On Sunday, February 28, 2021 the founder and CEO of Hygiene Freaks (http://www.hygienefreaks.org/about-us/) Phoebe Holston-Washington, members of the Rotary Club of Crenshaw Park Hills Heights, family and friends came together for a “Hygiene Kit Assembly Party.” This labor of love and generosity yielded over 250 hygiene kits, lovingly made and given to those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Each resealable plastic bag included face masks, gloves, bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, mouthwash, lip balm, hand sanitizer and deodorant.
The event was an afternoon of great dialogue, fun, and personal pride for all who attended and included a healthy catered lunch by Mario Tate (The Tate Experience) and music by DJ JDubb (aka Jeffrey Washington).
Hygiene Freaks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in March 2020 by Los Angeles-based actress Phoebe Holston-Washington. They provide hygiene kits to local missions, homeless shelters and other non-profits that offer resources to our unsheltered population.
Their mission is to embrace those in need and to help restore dignity by providing basic personal hygiene products to our unhoused neighbors, underserved communities and to support the organizations that help serve them.
“There is an indefinite need for Los Angeles’ unsheltered population to receive these necessary hygiene products. Our hygiene kits are meant to prevent disease, lift their spirits, and ease the burden of being homeless. I thank the Rotary Club and Lava Mae for helping make this event come to fruition”, says Mrs. Holston-Washington.
The Rotary Club is an international community service organization and Lava Mae is a non-profit organization that provides mobile showers to the homeless throughout Los Angeles County.
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), there are currently 66,436 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness. This represents a 12.7% rise from last year’s point-in-time count. The city of Los Angeles saw a 16.1% rise to 41,290. The report captures a picture of homelessness in Los Angeles County as it was in January 2020, the time of this year’s Homeless Count, and before the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could be felt, measured, or responded to through efforts such as Project Roomkey, rent freezes, and eviction moratoriums.
For interviews, sponsorships, additional information and to learn about volunteer opportunities with Hygiene Freaks, contact Phoebe Holston-Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 840-0123.