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Kit donations, volunteers needed to aid disaster victims

By: Staff Report
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Being prepared is important to the women of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In order to be ready for the aftermath of floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, the group will lead volunteer efforts on Saturday, March 1, to assemble disaster kits they hope will ease the suffering of victims. Loomis Relief Society members will join Rocklin and Lincoln members in hosting the community humanitarian open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LDS church located at 2610 Sierra Meadows Drive in Rocklin. Organizers are looking to the community for donations and volunteers to help tie quilts and assemble hygiene kits. The goal is to tie 100 quilts and assemble at least 1000 complete hygiene kits before the day is done, said Michelle Fluckiger of Loomis, president of the Rocklin Stake Relief Society. Hygiene kits include personal essentials that are often left behind when disaster victims evacuate. The list of items is very specific; we've learned what works and what doesn't, said Fluckiger. Items needed include individually packaged toothbrushes and six- to eight-ounce tubes of toothpaste without pumps, unbreakable combs without sharp handles, and individually wrapped four- to five-ounce bars of soap. Also needed are towels that are approximately 15-by-25 inches in size (no dish towels or wash clothes), and quart-size sealable plastic bags. The hygiene kits and quilts that we will produce on March 1 store easily and will be pre-positioned in key locations for quick distribution to disaster victims when the need arises, Fluckiger explained. For more information or to arrange for pickup of items to be donated, call Nancy Boberg at 205-9020.