Hartford, CT— November 19, 2020 — Volunteers will gather on Sunday, November 29th for a safe, socially distanced, Dignity GrowsTM Giving Thanks Tote Packing volunteer event to assemble over 2,000 free Dignity Totes for our neighbors in need. Each Dignity Tote contains a full month's supply of hygiene products, including items that can’t be purchased with government benefits such as WIC and SNAP. All of the totes include shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush, and hand wipes; each month, recipients can choose a tote with feminine hygiene products or one with disposable razors and shaving cream. Started in Hartford just 18 months ago, Dignity Grows has already distributed over 5,000 Dignity Totes locally through a network of nonprofit Distribution Partners – and it has grown into a national initiative, inspiring communities across the country.
Small groups of volunteers will pack the totes in shifts throughout the day on November 29th. Additionally, the students of the Solomon Schechter Day School have chosen Dignity Grows as their Giving Tuesday project. In class pods, they will pack 1,000 more totes on December 1st.
Dignity Grows is a collaboration of Dignity Grows, Inc. and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Women’s Philanthropy division. Local Distribution Partners include the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford, Asnuntuck Community College Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Hartford, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Charter Oak Boxing Academy (COBA), COMPASS Youth Collective, Grace Lutheran Church Soup Kitchen, Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, Hartford Hospital’s Brownstone Clinic, Hartford Public Schools, Interval House, Manchester Community College Food Pantry, and Mikveh Bess Israel.
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Jessica Zachs, Founder