GENEVA — After seeing a need in his school district, 17-year-old Tyler Teachout, a Geneva High School junior, is collecting personal hygiene items for students in need.
“It all started with my ministry Together We’ll Do Good,” he said. “I founded this as a ministry through The Grounds in Geneva.”
The Grounds is a Christian-based non-profit organization that provides a coffeehouse atmosphere for teenagers. Founded in 2013, The Grounds is located on East Main Street and is supported by local churches.
Teachout said he was inspired to form Together We’ll Do Good because of fellow students who could not afford basic products including deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo.
“Kids are getting bullied constantly for not being wealthy, and they don’t have the money to afford deodorant and body wash, and all these hygiene products that are expensive,” he said. “I’m just trying to give the community what they need.”
Teachout is leading a team of volunteers from The Grounds in a Care Kit Giveaway.
“We will be taking donations (until) Jan. 6. We need: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap and feminine hygiene products,” he said.
Teachout will also collect items 3-5 p.m. today at the Geneva Recreation Center.
Donation pick-up is also available by calling (440) 344-6395.
“We have a goal to give away 1,000 Care Kits so we need 1,000 of each item. We are hoping that the schools and our beautiful community will donate toward this event” he said.
The kits will be distributed on Jan. 7 at the Geneva Recreation Center. Volunteers include Ashley Akers, Taylor Faulhammer, Matthew Frabotta, Lorelei Hall, Austin Inman, Danny Taylor and Alexis Watson.
Teachout said he is taking Together We’ll Do Good seriously, and has developed a mission statement for the ministry.
“Our mission statement is: To empower kids in school to fight emotional distress and physical harm and assists those who cannot afford food or hygiene products for themselves, their children or their pets,” he said.
Teachout said Together We’ll Do Good will continue to help the community after this drive, and he’s already working on a clothing drive.