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Published: Monday, 1/21/2013

Sylvania Franciscan Village holds 2nd annual drive to collect hygiene items for needy

Lourdes University men's basketball team donates to Have a Heart Restock Drive. Lourdes University men's basketball team donates to Have a Heart Restock Drive.

An effort to help area pantries restock shelves with hygiene items will be under way Feb. 4-8 by the Sylvania Franciscan Village.

It is the 2nd annual Have a Heart Restock Drive is to help the Assumption Outreach Center, Bethany House, Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality Kitchen and the Sylvania Area Family Services.

Collection begins on Feb. 4 and ends Feb. 7, with collected items distributed on Feb. 8. to participate, drop off hygiene items such as deodorant, washcloths, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toilet paper and toothpaste at these locations:

  • Lourdes University and Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.
  • Rosary Care Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.
  • Sisters of St. Francis Administrative Offices, 6832 Convent Blvd., Umbria Hall
  • Sylvania Franciscan Academy, 5335 Silica Drive

New this year in the effort is the Hygiene Sculpture Contest. Visit beginning at noon Feb. 4 to see sculpture displays made with unwrapped hygiene items and cast a vote for the favorite. The participating teams include Lourdes University and Sylvania Franciscan Village students, and employees of all Sylvania Franciscan Village locations.

The winning team’s photo will be displayed at the close of the contest. Contest rules will be listed on the Web site.

“The Sylvania Franciscan Village is founded on strong community relationships and our belief that working together we can accomplish so much more,” said Sr. Janet Doyle, OP, village administrator. “We chose to collect hygiene items because these are necessities for every household. Most importantly, those low-income families who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are unable to purchase these necessary but non-food items through the program.”

The Sylvania Franciscan Village is comprised of Lourdes University, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and Sylvania Franciscan Health.

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