North Country Library CareKits

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The North Country Library System is excited to announce the launch of CareKits, a regional anti-poverty initiative providing free, on-demand access to essential hygiene items. Additionally, each kit will provide information about library and community resources and will be available at all North Country libraries across Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties.

North Country Bridges will be partnering with NCLS to promote and assess the CareKits initiative. North Country Bridges will also be offering Bridges Out of Poverty training to member library staff to better help them understand the experience of poverty and provide services to vulnerable members of our communities.  

Census data shows the magnitude of the hardship faced by people in our service area, with between 12% and 16% living below the poverty line, depending on the county. A simple hygiene kit filled with personal care products can provide encouragement and hope to those in need. As public spaces, community resources, and trusted messengers, libraries are ideal distribution points for anti-poverty kits like these.

CareKits will include a drawstring backpack, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, wipes, nail clippers, comb, shampoo, soap, tissues, a basic first aid kit, ChapStick, razor, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, deodorant, tampon, pad, and laundry detergent. Also included are cold weather items: socks, a hat, gloves, neck warmer, and hand warmers.

This project is made possible with grant funding from the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Northern New York Library Network.

If you’re interested in contributing to this program, please donate funds via our PayPal button on this page, purchase supplies from our Amazon Wishlist, or contact your local library for more information.