A group of area civic and social services is conducting a Community Impact Drive to obtain non-food items for the people and families which they serve. The event officially begins on Monday and will continue throughout October.

The drive stems from ideas presented during a recent Community Conversations meeting. According to Amy Dearfield Hannah, executive director of the Family Resource Network and Family Resource Director for the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, agencies have identified at-risk families that are in need

of assistance to obtain health and beauty products, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

“SNAP doesn’t pay for soap or Band-Aids,” Hannah said. “We are asking for people to donate things such as toilet paper and shampoo. These are types of things that are not covered by SNAP or WIC but are essential everyday items.”

Hannah said this is not a food or clothing drive. The types of items sought include soap, shampoo, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, socks and blankets (new in their packaging), feminine hygiene products, sippy cups, diapers, combs, brushes and other personal care essentials.

She said anyone wishing to donate items may drop them off at the Mingo County Public Defenders Office located at 155 East Second Avenue in Williamson, or across the street at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center. ABLE Families will accept donations at it’s facilities on 100 Lincoln Street in Kermit. Also the STOP Coalition, located at 326 Route 80 in Gilbert, will be a drop-off location.

Community Conversations is a meeting of private and governmental agencies which offer a myriad of services to families in need. Among those represented in Community Conversations are the Mingo County Family Resource Network, both local hospitals, WIC, two foster care agencies, the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, ABLE Families, the Williamson Housing Authority, the STOP Coalition and several other organizations.

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