Staff assembles kits for Clean the World

posted February 4, 2016 in Press Releases

As part of their annual staff training day on January 18, staff from Greater Iowa Credit Union assembled 2000 small hygiene kits for the Clean the World organization. The kits included typical hygiene products like soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste and a washcloth and will be sent to local organizations for distribution throughout central and western Iowa.

The Clean the World organization has two main purposes - recycle hygiene products disposed of by the hospitality industry and distribute them to people in need to prevent hygiene-related illnesses. Started 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 25 million bars of soap to children and families in 99 countries worldwide, while diverting 3,800 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in North America.

The finished kits will be distributed in each of Greater Iowa’s branch communities.

  • In Des Moines, kits went to the Food Bank of Iowa and they will put them in inventory for metro area food banks to request.
  • In Ames, kits went to the United Way of Story County where they will distribute them to their partner agencies, including local food banks and homeless and women’s shelters.
  • In Denison, the Crawford County Hunger Fighters received the kits to distribute. Crawford County Hunger Fighters distribute free food to families in need once a month. They also distribute food packs on Fridays to every child in elementary and middle school in Crawford County due to a large number of children who do not have enough to eat on the weekends.
  • In Indianola, kits were distributed to the local school system and the First Assembly of God food pantry.
“Greater Iowa’s staff has experienced first-hand how something so simple can have such a profound impact on someone’s life. I would like to extend our appreciation to Greater Iowa Credit Union for supporting our program and are thrilled to know 2,000 hygiene kits were generously donated to local organizations in an effort to unite the fortunate with the less fortunate.” Nicole George, Project Manager for Clean the World