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Pack the Pod update

The Rappahannock United Way offers this update to the Pack the Pods effort:

Did you know that food stamps do not cover necessary items like toilet paper?  Many of the items local nonprofits need most are not always the first ones that may come to mind.  Rappahannock United Way  recently collected items from agencies’ wish lists to ultimately impact on the areas of Education, Income, and Health in our community.  Items included calculators, new shoes or shoe store gift cards, hair cut gift cards, razors, phone cards, new business attire, deodorant, underwear, gas cards, generic allergy medicine, vitamins, diaper rash cream, and yes, toilet paper.

From Aug. 23. to Sept.. 15, RUW called on community members to help “Pack the PODS® Container” parked outside the RUW Building on Tidewater Trail.  In less than one month, the PODS Container teemed with those items the community needs most.  PNC Bank employees rose to the challenge to sort and deliver the items as a volunteer project during Day of Caring, an annual day of volunteer mobilization.  Micah Ecumenical Ministries, the Salvation Army, S.E.R.V.E., and the Thurman Brisben Center received the items with open arms, thankful to be able to provide these items to their clients.

The PODS Container was generously loaned by Hilldrup Companies, a local PODS franchise.