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Girl Scouts Learn About the Importance of Hand Hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

dscf9517On Saturday, Oct. 15, we observed Global Handwashing Day by hosting a group of Girl Scouts at our Orlando facility for activities that were both educational and life-changing. Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective way to prevent diseases.

Clean the World is packaging 3,000 hygiene kits for U.S. residents affected by Hurricane Matthew using items donated by United Airlines. The repurposed items come from the airline’s international premium cabin amenity kits and help us fill a critical need for at-risk people. The Girl Scouts were a huge help as they assembled hundreds of the kits during their visit.

Scouts who weren’t working on the hygiene kit assembly line helped prepare damaged and empty shampoo bottles for recycling.

The girls also took part in a hand washing activity, during which they learned the importance of washing for 20 seconds before eating, and after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, or shaking hands. They rubbed glitter on their hands to represent germs, and took turns washing to get rid of the “glitter germs.”

The scouts drew pictures of their hands before and after hand washing, and worked on designs for a special Clean the World Girl Scout badge. And to encourage those whose lives were disrupted by the hurricane, the girls wrote greeting cards for affected people in Haiti, the Bahamas, and Southeastern U.S. coastal areas.

Las Vegas Sands Builds 35,000 Hygiene Kits at The Venetian

On Saturday, Oct. 1, we were on-site for the 2016 Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World, where more than 500 volunteers assembled 35,000 hygiene kits! There was plenty of music, excitement, and fun. But most importantly, this event gave us the opportunity to serve those in need in Las Vegas with soap and hygiene products.

It was our third annual hygiene kit build with Las Vegas Sands and Sands Cares. One of our Clean the World team members had an experience during the event that really sums up why we are so committed to this mission. During the lunch break, our employee sat across from a young lady who said she is in foster care. She went on to say how good it made her feel when she received one of our hygiene kits.

We hear stories like that over and over. The fact is that it is impossible to know how important and valuable it is to have a bar of soap or a bottle of shampoo until you suddenly find yourself without. It is humbling to know that what started as a small project in a one-car garage seven years ago has grown into a movement that changes so many lives.

Thank you to Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands Cares for their amazing and unwavering support. We also want to thank the fantastic partner organizations in Las Vegas that distribute our hygiene kits on the front lines:

  • Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
  • HELP of Southern Nevada
  • The Shade Tree
  • St. Jude’s Ranch
  • Las Vegas Rescue Mission
  • USO Las Vegas
  • Care Complex
  • WestCare Nevada

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