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‘Necessity Box’ for families in need

March 9, 2013
The Herald-Star

The Stanton Ruritan Club's Public Service Committee has begun its second year of a community service project called the "Necessity Box."

The boxes, which are filled with a variety of personal hygiene supplies and other everyday items, are given to families in the Saline Township area who are in need of a little help during an emergency such as a fire, according to Jean Tice, committee member.

"This is one of many projects the Public Service Committee does for the community," said Tice, who serves on the committee along with Phyllis Kuhn, Dan Dingess, Bob Ketchum and Beth Davis.

Distributed to the family by a committee member, a box contains such items as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissue, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, washcloth and towel set, hand soap, comb set, brush, shampoo, hair spray, bandages, adhesive, aspirin, pencils, pens, scissors and can openers.

"The Stanton Ruritan Club is a club for fellowship, goodwill and community service and what better way than helping people in need," Tice said. "At our meeting, the club decided as a group that we wanted to help any way we can, so we started an emergency response program and call this project 'Necessity Box,'" she explained.

The public service committee is a committee within the Stanton Ruritan Club with meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Irondale United Methodist Church. Other projects of the committee include presenting a welcome basket to families new to the area and presenting the Business of the Month award.

"Anyone who has an emergency and needs help can call any Ruritan member," Tice said. "This is an ongoing service project we try to provide, and we are in our second year for this program."

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