CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United Way, with the help of Harris Teeter, UPS and Greif Inc., is holding a comfort kit drive the week of July 19-23 to help homeless men, women and children throughout the Charlotte region.

All Harris Teeter stores in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union counties and in Mooresville/South Iredell will have collection barrels – which were donated by Greif and delivered by UPS trucks – in stores from Monday through Friday morning.  Customers are asked to collect toiletry items in a gallon-sized ziplock bag, including a small stuffed animal for kits for homeless children.

Comfort kit contents (full-size toiletry items in a gallon-size ziplock bag):

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Small, new stuffed animal (for children’s kits)

The comfort kits will be delivered to United Way partner agencies serving the homeless, including A Child’s Place, Ada Jenkins Center, American Red Cross, Barium Springs Home for Children, Center for Community Transitions, Charlotte Emergency Housing, CVAN, Diakonos (Fifth Street Ministries), Florence Crittenton Services, Hope Haven, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Summit House, The Relatives, United Family Services’ Battered Women’s Shelter and YWCA.

“Harris Teeter is proud to partner with United Way of Central Carolinas during its comfort kit drive,” said Catherine Reuhl, communication specialist for Harris Teeter.  “This is a great example of something simple that can make a big difference in someone’s life.  We encourage community members to become a part of the drive to help the thousands of homeless men, women and children in our community.”

Several organizations are also holding company-wide drives to create comfort kits, including BJ’s Membership Club, City of Charlotte’s 311 Call Center, CMS’ Exceptional Children Department, Dixon-Hughes and UPS.

United Way’s kit drive last summer netted more than 60,000 items at a value of over $124,000.

FOX Charlotte Web Producer

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