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County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey today announced a hygiene kit drive to benefit those impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. The collection, beginning on Monday, April 18 and running through Friday, April 29, will collect hygiene kits and items for those hygiene kits that will be assembled, shipped, and then distributed to refugees and others impacted by the crisis. Brother’s Brother Foundation is partnering with the county and city on this collection and will coordinate shipping of the hygiene kits.

“One thing about western Pennsylvanians and Pittsburghers, we come together and help folks in need,” said Fitzgerald. “There is a huge number of people of Ukrainian heritage here in western Pennsylvania and we have been asked over and over what can be done to help those in Ukraine. Coordinating this drive for hygiene kits is just one small way to have a big impact and we are grateful to everyone who has committed to participating.”

As individuals continue to flee their homes in the Ukraine, one of the greatest needs is just basic, hygiene items. Because the kits are also small, fitting into a one-gallon closeable plastic bag, they can also be carried with individuals fairly easily.

Donate kits or individual items today to any YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh location

Each hygiene kit should include:

  • Deodorant (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Shampoo (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Conditioner (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Body wash (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Lotion (no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Hand Sanitizer (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Toothpaste (travel size, no larger than 3.4 ounces)
  • Toothbrush
  • Chapstick (1.5 inches in length/ 0.5 inch in diameter)
  • Flushable wipes (travel size)
  • Tissues (travel size)
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary pads

Also accepted are items included in the list above which will be assembled for donation.

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The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is one of the community's leading non-profits committed to strengthening the region through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for all.

For more than 165 years, the Y has been committed to addressing our community's most pressing social issues related to improving community health and saving lives, developing future leaders and supporting achievement. 

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