Annually Hopedale Unitarian Parish (HUP) and Union Evangelical United Church of Christ host a joint service. In preparation for the service HUP holds a collection drive for items to be placed in hygiene kits including soap, band-aid, toothbrushes, washcloths, hand towels, combs, and nail clippers. These are then assembled into hygiene kits that are sent to Church World Service, a non-profit interfaith group that then distributes the kits to people around the US or around the world who do not have access to adequate supplies of clear water due to war, natural disasters, and refugee status.
November 2010 35 kits were assembled by members of all ages of both churches. These congregations came together to assemble these kits because “Access to water for washing and hygiene is a basic human need and right which is often inadequate for a variety of reasons such as environmental and natural disasters or war. Most commonly, it is a problem of the poor and in developing countries without plentiful resources.”
This project has inspired another Green Team member to start a new annual effort and being a collection of soap to be sent to Haiti in response to the recent cholera outbreak there. HUP finds the Water Hygiene kits “a nice way to come together with our neighboring church and strengthen our relationship to service in others.”