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DCHS students hold hygiene drive to raise supplies for local nonprofits
Left to right: DCHS Jocelyn Thompson, Megan Fitzgerald and Jasmine Thompson presented donations from their hygiene drive to Kevin Smith from the Hightower Baptist Association food and clothing bank. (Photo courtesy of Leigh Ann Dyer)

Three Dawson County High School students have recently completed a hygiene drive as part of a community awareness project for the DCHS chapter of Georgia HOSA, Future Health Professionals. 

To complete their project, students Megan Fitzgerald, Jasmine Thompson and Jocelyn Thompson took donation boxes to all of the district’s schools and created a flyer and an information video explaining their hygiene drive. Through the drive, they collected several large boxes filled with items like deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, lotion, tissues, masks, hand sanitizers, combs and basic first aid items. 

According to Jasmine Thompson, the choice to complete a hygiene drive as their project was due to the current need that so many community members are facing.

“We have realized that in recent years hygiene has become a bigger issue,” Jasmine Thompson said. “Poverty is an issue that is not talked about enough, so we wanted to enlighten our community on these problems.”

Through collecting the hygiene products, the students aimed to help get the community involved and to help lessen the issue that hygiene has become. 

“Due to the recent pandemic, the loss of work has increased and there has been a drastic shortage in supplies,” Jocelyn Thompson said. 

The donations were picked up by Kevin Smith, representative of the Hightower Baptist Association. The association’s food and clothing bank serves approximately 300 families each month, providing them with food, clothing and toiletries. Smith expressed gratitude to the students for the donations because the food bank was running low on hygiene supplies. 

“We felt it was important to  donate the items to a place where they would be given to families in need and not re-sold,” Fitzgerald said. 

The students also provided hygiene supplies to Shawn Pierce, who provides book bags of food and hygiene supplies to local individuals in need, and to Adde Wright, who oversees a food bank through Concord Baptist Church. 

The three students will present their project at the Georgia HOSA State Leadership Conference on March 10 through 12. 

For more information on how to donate to or to volunteer at the Hightower Baptist Association, call 770-205-1222.