The Blessing Box program seeks donations to fill community need

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE:

Organizers of the Blessing Box say the need is great for household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.

Brenda Hanes, an organizer of the program says, "There are several locations in the Quad Cities where food is accessible. Its personal products and cleaning products that aren't typically given out."

Free access to such products has helped Theresa Ragsdale get through tough times. After the death of her husband, she became financially responsible for her household.

"After he passed I had to assume that role. I had to learn to do a lot of things on my own, had to figure out how I was going to pay for things. It kind of became a little difficult to purchase groceries, try to figure out how to find laundry soap and detergent, things like that," says Ragsdale.

She is one of many people in the Scott County Area that are helped by donations.

"Being able to go to the blessing box or a pantry and be able to receive something as simple as dish soap, or laundry soap and fabric softer or body soap, that frees up just a little bit of money for gas in the car. It might be able to free up a little bit of money to pay that medical bill or buy that prescription I need," says Ragsdale.

To contribute to the blessing box-- donations can be dropped off at any of the Hilltop Churches involved and the businesses listed below:

Hilltop Churches:
Bethel AME Church
First Baptist Church
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Third Missionary Baptist Church
Sacred Heart Cathedral
St. Johns United Methodist Church
Trinity Episcopal Church

Hilltop Business:
Ascentra Credit Union
Celebrity Hair Supplies
Rock's Anchor Grill
CSL Plasma

Blessing boxes are also located at HIlltop schools for students to make donations.

A list of suggested items to donate can also be found down below.

HOW TO ACCESS HELP:
A group of churches in Davenport's Hilltop District is helping less fortunate neighbors by collecting toiletries and household items.

The program works by allowing people to collect a card at any of the Blessing Boxes located around the Hilltop neighborhood. They can be found at the 3rd Missionary Baptist Church 222 W 14th St., First Baptist Church 1401 Perry St, and Bethel AME 323 W 11th St. Davenport.

Once you obtain a card, bring it to the Opportunity Center (former JB Young School), 1702 Main St. in Davenport. There, you can exchange the card for packages of cleaning and hygiene supplies. Anyone who is in need is encouraged to use the service.

HOW THE WHOLE COMMUNITY CAN DONATE:
KWQC TV6 has partnered in the effort and will also be holding a donation drop-off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, which is Jan. 21, 2019. Drive to 805 Brady St. to drop off household products or cash donations during that time.

The Blessing Box is made possible with help from the community. If you'd like to contribute to the Blessing Box program, you can also do so by dropping off items at area churches. School-aged kids can also drop off supplies in the "Box Full of Blessings" located at several Davenport schools.

LIST OF NEEDED ITEMS:
Bleach
Lip Balm
Envelopes
Hair Brush/Combs
Paper Towels
Napkins
Baggies
Trash Bags
Toilet Paper
Air Freshener
Cleaners (Lysol, etc.)
Comet
Aluminum Foil
Wax Paper
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Laundry Detergent
Dish Soap
Sponges
Dish Soap Wand
Facial Tissue (Kleenex, etc.)
Bandages (all sizes)
Feminine Hygiene Products (Kotex, etc.)
Toothpaste
Tooth Brushes
Dental Floss
Cotton Balls
Bar Soap
Body Wash (adult and children)
Shampoo
Deodorant
Cough Drops
Shaving Cream
Razors
Antibacterial Ointment (Neosporin, etc.)
Hand Lotion