8th Annual Comfort Kit Collection Drive

Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River is starting their 8th Annual Comfort Kit item collection drive, for local women fleeing domestic abuse. These kits contain basic essentials since many women leave their violent environment with nothing. We will be collecting comfort kit item donations May 15-June 2 at the following locations:

  • Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce at 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Suite 117, Rancho Cordova, 95670
  • United Methodist Church office, 2101 Zinfandel Dr., Rancho Cordova, 95670
  • SJ Graphics, 10138 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova, 95670
  • Cordova Church of Christ office, 10577 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova, 95670

A “Comfort Kit” is a large zippered canvas tote bag filled with a 30-day supply of toiletries and personal care items that most women do not think about packing when they are fleeing from an abusive environment. Soroptimists are filling a need to support these women when they may be afraid, hurt, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. The kits are designed to help these survivors feel normal and taken care of and also show them that there is a group of women out there who care and provide encouragement. SIRCGR has been delivering Comfort Kits to WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) since 2010, for distribution at their Sacramento County safe houses. They have grown from delivering 50 bags that first year to 175 kits in 2014. Our 2017 goal is to provide WEAVE with 250 Comfort Kits and 150 Comfort Kid kits.

In 2014 we expanded our program to also providing a drawstring bag containing a toothbrush & paste, brush & comb, small blanket and small stuffed animal as well as a coloring book and crayons, called a Comfort Kid kit for children entering the shelter with their mothers. Children are frequently traumatized when their mothers suddenly take them from the bed or crib often in the middle of the night, to leave their abuser. These children are often forced to leave their toys and items that comfort them behind. The goal of the Comfort Kid kit is to give these children some items of comfort that they can begin their new life with. Donations of items as described for the Comfort Kid kits will also be gratefully accepted.

For the Comfort Kits, the club needs things like: toothbrushes & toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, facial tissue, hairbrushes & combs, emery boards, and hand sanitizer. We will also accept things like: hair clips & accessories, body spray/fragrance, small first aid kits or adhesive bandages, journals with pen, skin cleansers/other toiletries, makeup removers/cleansing cloths, cosmetic bags, body & hand lotion, and makeup. For the Comfort Kid kits the club would like small stuffed animals, coloring books, small reading books, tear-free shampoo, youth toothbrushes and toothpaste, hairbrushes & combs, small gender-neutral toys & games, etc. All donations must be new and in unopened packaging. Full-sized items are preferred, but will accept trial sizes. Please contact Sheryl Longsworth at sheryl6663@yahoo.com with any questions or check the club website http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/

The name Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best. If you would like more information about Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River, how to become a member or just want to be informed of volunteer opportunities, please visit the club’s website http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/ or send email to siranchocordova@soroptimist.net. If you aren’t ready to become a member, but believe in what we are doing, please sign up at www.LiveYourDream.org