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Teaching Kids About Giving Through Dental Hygiene Kits for the Needy

Smiling, happy children
Smiling, happy children
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It's easy to get wrapped up in the daily hustle and bustle of jobs, car pools, homework and keeping a home running. However, many of us are looking for ways to show children a deeper meaning to life. Reinforce both the importance of kids dental care and helping others at the same time by making care kits for the less fortunate. Shop and package the items with your kids, and talk about the reasons for selecting each item and who will receive them.

Who Would Benefit from a Dental Hygiene Kit?

This is a great opportunity to teach your children how fortunate they are. There are people in your town and all over the world who don't have access to basic necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste and even running water. Send kits to orphanages, military troops or disaster zones.

Want to keep your efforts local? Contact nonprofit agencies in your area. The United Way is a good place to start: They can direct you to agencies that need kits the most. Homeless shelters, foster homes, schools in low income neighborhoods and domestic abuse shelters are just a few of the places that would be thrilled to receive personal care items.

What to Put in the Care Kit

Focus on items needed for good dental health. If funds allow, throw in some other basic hygiene products and a few fun things. Pack the items in shoe boxes or large zippable plastic bags. Suggestions include:

  • Dental items: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and picks or mouthwash
  • Other hygiene supplies: soap, deodorant, washcloth, hand sanitizer or combs
  • Comfort and care: sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, lotion, bottled water, gum, protein bar, deck of cards or a notebook and pen

How To Make It Even More Meaningful For Kids

Encourage children to write a letter, draw a picture or sign a card to include in the package. Let them help you make lists of the items needed, do the shopping and prepare the packages. Bring them with you to the post office or to deliver the kits if possible. Talk about who they are going to and why they are needed.

This project will teach about kids dental care while inspiring children to do good deeds to make the lives of others a little easier. They'll have better smiles, and hopefully so will those who receive the care kits.

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