Every day, more than 3,000 Metro Nashville Public School students leave school without a stable place to lay their head at night. These students and their families are living in hotels, homeless shelters, on a friend or family’s couch, or sometimes in their car. These 3,000 students face significant barriers in meeting their most basic needs, let alone coming to school every day.
Yet, despite all this – these students and their families are resilient. These incredible young people, some barely just 4-years-old, desperately want to be at school – to learn, to laugh, to play and to write a new story for their future.
And that’s why the Community Resource Center is participating in this year’s Big Payback event – because we want to make sure that these incredible students have the basic essentials they need to come to school every day clean, confident and ready to learn.
This year, the Community Resource Center is putting out the call for a hero – a Hygiene H.E.R.O.
During these 24 hours of giving, we’ve got a big goal to raise $5,000 which provides a hygiene kit for 1,000 students experiencing homelessness. For just $5 – the cost of your morning coffee or your drive-through lunch, you can give a student the gift of hygiene, the gift of health, and the gift of dignity .
The CRC recognizes the importance of meeting the basic needs of students and families in our community, particularly those who face the daily struggle of homelessness. Our students cannot be expected to be present and ready to learn if their most basic needs are not being met.
A middle school student being too embarrassed to smile because he hasn’t been able to brush his teeth
A high school student being too ashamed to participate in sports because she doesn’t have access to deodorant, soap or a shower at home
A mother having to make the difficult choice between paying rent, buying food, or sending her child to school in a clean set of clothes
A teacher, who barely makes enough to support her own family, buys snacks, soap, and feminine hygiene products for her students to make sure they are fed, clean, and loved at school every day
The CRC deeply believes that access to basic hygiene items is a human right and not just a privilege for those who can afford the cost of being clean. It is up to us as a community to ensure that all our neighbors – especially our youngest – have access to life’s most basic essentials.
Can you be a H.E.R.O. for a student in need? No capes required!
Be sure to follow along with us on Instagram to track our progress and for the opportunity to win some CRC swag with your donation!