Key Club hosts hygiene needs drive for community members


Emily MacIntyre

Flyers were posted around RHS to promote Key Club’s drive to students. Included were items they were in search of.

For their first year, RHS’s Key Club is hosting a hygiene and needs drive to support people in the community that will run from February 28 to March 11.
“This is the first year that Key Club is doing it. There were people that have done it in the past but not at this scale,” Key Club advisor Jason Krajewski said.
In the past, Key Club has hosted canned food drives but decided to change their focus this year to something they feel people aren’t as aware of.
“We reached out to Mrs. Sutka… right now we were told that things are pretty saturated. People have donated a lot [of canned foods],” Key Club advisor Michelle Morris said. “Our goal is to help restock limited supplies [hygiene products].”
The drive is more than just a way to get donations of products, it is about educating people on hygiene.
“There are a lot of people who don’t have the access to these things, or as crazy as it sounds, they’re not educated on hygiene like they don’t realize that just because of their upbringing,” Krajewski said. “There wasn’t a big importance put on it so we want to make sure these people get these things and know how to take care of themselves and feel comfortable with themselves.”
The donations received from the drive are available to any RHS student or staff in need, such products are obtainable from social worker Maria Sutka.
“We’re [Key Club] focused on helping people within the community… anything that we receive from the drive will be directly distributed to people who don’t have these sorts of things,” Key Club member Noelle Robertson said.
The club is looking for many different types of products from shampoo to toothbrushes. Flyers were posted throughout the hallways and classrooms of RHS with specific items they are on the lookout for.
“There are flyers all over the place but anything from soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant for both boys and girls, but also feminine hygiene products,” Krajewski said. “Especially pads because of their expense and how it is a need for women to have that.”
For some people, it may be easier to donate money instead of going out and purchasing the products.
“There have been a lot of questions about if students can just donate money to their second-hour teacher,” Krajewski said. “They can, the second-hour teacher or Key Club can take that money and go buy things and then bring them in.”
Similar to the way they do canned food drives, buckets were placed in students’ second-hour classrooms for the collection of donations.
“They can bring whatever they have to their second-hour class and then whatever second-hour has the most donated items is getting a pancake breakfast party,” Morris said.
Any students interested in learning more about the cause or how they can get more involved have plenty of resources.
“All they have to do is come and see me, the more the merrier. We want as many people as possible and I’d like a few more members,” Krajewski said. “All they have to do is ask me or Morris when a meeting is and come.”