Toiletry Drive: Update

During the fall quarter, a community-based system dynamics workshop led to a community-research partnership between the department of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) and a local nonprofit, Bebashi – Transition to Hope. The research team hosting the workshop organized and facilitated a toiletry drive for Bebashi, given their stated high-need for toiletries in their community food pantry. Bebashi’s mission is to empower Black and brown people to enhance the quality of their health and overall well-being by providing access to culturally sensitive high quality healthcare, HIV/AIDS services, health education, and social services.

The drive was held at DSPH and co-promoted by Langellier’s R01 research team, the Public Health Doctoral Student Advisory Group (PhDSAG) and Undergraduate Student Government Organization (USGO), all at DSPH. They solicited donations from various School departments and centers including the Dean’s Office and Student Affairs; Health Management and Policy; Community Health and Prevention; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Environmental and Occupational Health; the Office of Global Health; the Center for Hunger Free Communities and the Urban Health Collaborative. 

More than 1,245 items were collected and delivered to Bebashi in December before the holiday break. Items included deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, baby wipes, diapers, bars of soap, pads, tampons, and toilet paper.

Janice Tosto, Hunger Relief Manager at Bebashi wrote “I am so grateful to everyone at Drexel who participated in the toiletries drive. Toiletries are such a need for our pantry, and the Drexel community was very generous! Please thank your colleagues, the students and others who participated in the drive for me!”

Thank you so much for all who contributed to this effort!

Learn more about Bebashi.

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