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  • sydney6681 commented on ashleyjlong's instructable Helping the Homeless on a Budget10 months ago
    Helping the Homeless on a Budget

    This is a great idea-- Best wishes to you! Here are a few more items that can be very useful >For the first aid kit, packets of cortisone cream. Shelters are full of bed bugs and body lice which inflict very itchy bites. Scratching can cause open sores which invite infection, and cortisone really helps. Also great for badly chapped lips and skin. >Cotton balls saturated with petroleum jelly stored in a small ziplock or clean Rx bottle. Great for dry chapped skin, and when the salve is pretty well used up, the cotton balls are excellent fire starters for cooking and warmth. > A small mirror. An old powder compact with the empty make-up pan removed is good, or an altoids tin with a mirror glued to the inside of the lid. Some handy things to put inside would be bobby pins, safe...see more »This is a great idea-- Best wishes to you! Here are a few more items that can be very useful >For the first aid kit, packets of cortisone cream. Shelters are full of bed bugs and body lice which inflict very itchy bites. Scratching can cause open sores which invite infection, and cortisone really helps. Also great for badly chapped lips and skin. >Cotton balls saturated with petroleum jelly stored in a small ziplock or clean Rx bottle. Great for dry chapped skin, and when the salve is pretty well used up, the cotton balls are excellent fire starters for cooking and warmth. > A small mirror. An old powder compact with the empty make-up pan removed is good, or an altoids tin with a mirror glued to the inside of the lid. Some handy things to put inside would be bobby pins, safety pins, a pre-threaded sewing needle, some extra thread or waxed dental floss wrapped around a small piece of card , a few buttons. Whatever will fit. Secure pins, sewing needle and buttons to the inside with a bit of tape. >10-12' of good tough string from the hardware or farm store. >Reading glasses. Some dollar stores have these for a dollar and they are easy to find at thrift stores. > A few jump rings, binder clips or small caribiners-endlessly useful! >Handi-Wipes or similar-they are reusable, they dry fast and fold small. >Dry laundry detergent--double bag it!! or pour it into an empty water bottle or other small plastic container with a secure screw-on lid. >Emery boards. Shared nail clippers can transmit blood-borne pathogens like HIV and Hepatitis C. Emery boards can keep nails in check without that risk. >Make-up samples, because a little pride can go a long way! Shelters and service groups serve people year 'round. They often receive plentiful donations around the winter holidays, but supplies can get pretty thin during the warm weather months.

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