Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
What are sample size deodorants? so you test and see which scent is nice/doesn't affect your skin? or just a cheaper way of buying them?
The small travel size ones.
I work in a hospital on a ward that sees some pregnant women flown down from northern reserves and even Nunavut with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
The hospital no longer supplies personal grooming items to patients. It's up to them or their family and friends to bring them in for the patient, otherwise they go without.
A few will have family follow them to The City a day or so later, others will have friends in the city. In either case they have someone that can supply them with things such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant etc.
We do get a few that have absolutely no family or friends in the city and no family that can come down for whatever reason, and they will be in the hospital for more than a day or two and some even a week or two.
My concern is the latter ones who are here without any friends or family.
I can't imagine how difficult it is to live in such a sheltered environment and then to be ripped from my home with nothing but the clothing on my back and sent to a big scary city. Even the food we serve is vastly different than what they are used to eating. Cooked meat/fish vs raw caribou or arctic char.
My target is the latter ones. I'm making personal grooming kits for some of these girls. I've charged the regular weekday day and evening charge nurses with handing them out to those who qualify.
I'm making 2 sizes of kits.
A small kit that has:
travel size toothpaste
travel size deodorant
The small kit will be for those who have family/friends that can bring them stuff in a couple of days.
A second kit will be larger with full sized products. These are for those who are alone here without any family / friend support and will go home after a week or two, with nothing but the clothing they came in with. We don't get many of these, but when we do, I feel so badly for these young girls.
I'm hoping that by receiving one of these kits, it will make their hospital stay a bit more bearable.
The larger kits contain:
full size 2 in 1 shampoo conditioner
full size toothpaste
travel size deodorant
I'm doing this out of my own pocket because the ward has no budget for stuff like this.
I have to also include a note in the package to let the girls know that the hospital doesn't supply these types of items and that these items are being donated to them because of their very special circumstances of having to be brought to the hospital in an emergency and that they didn't have time to pack any of their personal possessions to bring with them.
I don't want them to think that this is the norm and that if they have to come down for a routine admission, that they think the hospital will supply everything for them each time.