SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Club Collecting Toiletries for Women in Shelters

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 8, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Club are collecting travel-size toiletries – including shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and lotion or sunscreen – for women in need. The club plans to package the items into gift bags to deliver to women’s shelters before Mother’s Day.

The OTA Club will bring the gift bags to shelters in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Donations may be dropped off through April 29 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., at a donation box inside Building 28.

The OTA program often works with women in shelters and students came up with the idea of giving them something on Mother’s Day to acknowledge their courage and to promote their new start. Debbie Chasanoff, director of the program, said too often people think therapy is limited to physical needs, but that there is always an emotional and social component to getting healthy.

Last year, about 75 individual bags were delivered to six shelters. The community contributions make a huge difference to the program and to the number of gift bags offered, Chasanoff said. Women’s organizations, dentist offices, businesses and the community have helped contribute to the bags and helped make a difference in the lives of the women embarking on the next stage of their lives.

For more information, contact Debbie Chasanoff, OTA program director, at or 941-752-5346.

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