Carolina Designs Realty offices in Duck and Currituck teamed up to donate several boxes of personal hygiene products and toiletries worth over $250 for area students.

Michelle L. Nichols, vice president of operations at Carolina Designs says, “Our operations department … felt inspired by last year’s contribution and wanted to help again.”

The Carolina Designs donation included everything from contact lens solution to deodorant and will be used for the remainder of the school year. Their contribution was combined with a $3,000 grant to purchase more products.

Margaret Lawler, coordinator for the annual drive and Food for Thought board member, explains the program, “Toiletries are given to guidance counselors or school nurses who keep a stash in their office because they are the ones in contact with students. Plus, they can be discrete about handing them out.”

Recipients of the toiletries will not be limited to students enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch plan, allowing more leeway for helping students in need.

Nichols says, “We especially wanted to reach school-age children who are in need as we feel they are affected directly by not having … products to maintain proper hygiene.”

Lawler adds, “The need for these kids to have just the basics, like toothpaste and shampoo, has gone up a lot this year.”

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