Basic Necessities Mean A Lot

“Survival Kits” for Homeless Women are Needed

There are hundreds of homeless women living on the streets of Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. Nikki Gane of Bellevue was once among them.

Now Gane and a team of volunteers hit the streets at least once a month to deliver basic personal care items to homeless women. Her nonprofit, Dignity for Divas, is not only providing personal hygiene products but they also hope to restore confidence and dignity in those they connect with.

Since June 2012, Dignity for Divas has delivered more than 15,000 kits to homeless women. The group averages 300 to 400 deliveries each month.

But the need is greater. It is estimated at least 4,505 people are living without shelter, and hundreds of those people are women who are not receiving help from shelters or other transitional housing.

How You Can Help
On May 28, Dignity for Divas is launching a personal care items drive at Showare Center in Kent prior to a big concert at the venue. The goal is to raise enough toiletries for 1,000 Diva Survival Kits. Dignity for Divas is asking concert attendees to donate travel-size women’s toiletries to include in their Diva Survival Kits. Staff will have donation receipts available upon request, as Dignity for Divas is a 501c3 charity and all donations are tax deductible. Donations also can be sent to P.O. Box 283 Bellevue, WA 98009.

Items needed for kits are:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Washcloths
  • Soap
  • Hairbrushes
  • Socks
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Learn more at dignityfordivas.com
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