Merski launches personal care products drive

Aimed at providing items not covered by assistance

ERIE, Nov. 4 – Hoping to make one aspect of life easier for families in need, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced at a news conference today that he is kicking off a month-long personal care products drive.

Merski said he organized the drive – which he is holding in partnership with the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network and the Glenwood Park YMCA – to ensure that all residents in the district have access to essential items such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper and toothpaste.

“Personal care isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity, and one that deeply affects our self-esteem and capacity to succeed in life,” Merski said. “A family’s ability to practice personal hygiene should never depend on their income level. Unfortunately, assistance programs don’t always cover these products.

“I’m holding this drive because no family should ever have to worry about finding the means to stay clean and healthy. I’m optimistic the drive will be a success because I know what a caring community we share.”

Merski said those able to donate should bring new, sealed personal care items to his office at 3901 Liberty St.; his Summit Township satellite office (open Tuesdays only), at 1230 Townhall Road W.; or the Glenwood Park YMCA, at 3727 Cherry St. 16508.

Merski said the following items are especially helpful:

  • toothpaste and toothbrushes.
  • deodorant.
  • shampoo.
  • toilet paper.
  • body wash.
  • bar soap.
  • disposable razors and shaving cream.
  • feminine hygiene products.

Residents wishing to learn more about the drive should contact Merski’s office at (814) 455-6319.