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Personal Essentials Ministry

personal essentials ministry

Helping restore human dignity

What if you had to choose between buying food or toilet paper?

For many in the community, affording even the most basic personal hygiene products is a struggle. The Personal Essentials Ministry, in partnership with Circle of Concern Food Pantry in Valley Park, offers basic personal care items that Food Stamps won’t cover to 600+ families each month.

Monthly donations are needed to meet the needs in our community! 

Toilet Paper

Donate Toilet Paper to Circle of Concern

June 1 - 16, 2024

Toilet Paper can be dropped off at the Personal Essentials Table in the lobby.

Let’s see how high the toilet paper can be stacked!

No time to shop? Donate financially below.

how can I help?

donate items

The Personal Essentials Ministry collects non-food and non-SNAP items to be distributed at the Circle of Concern facility in Valley Park.

The Personal Essential Ministry would greatly appreciate the following items. Please pick up extras of these products while shopping for yourself!

  • Diapers size 5 and 6
  • Feminine hygiene products size 3, 4 5 pads and multi-sized tampons
  • Pull Ups 2T-3T
  • Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper – 3,600 rolls/month

    These physical donations can be dropped off in the Personal Essentials Collection Bin which is located in Manchester UMC’s lobby.

make a financial donation

You can easily make a financial donation by clicking on this blue button and please state Personal Essentials in the optional memo box. All financial donations are tax deductible.

While the Collection bin has not been filled up on Sundays with physical donations as in the pre-COVID days, people have responded very, very generously with financial contributions. Undoubtedly, individuals understand that cleanliness and good hygiene play an important role in maintaining a sense of dignity when people struggle with other issues. Please continue to contribute!

Volunteer or questions

If you have questions or want to help in collecting items,
please contact the Personal Essential ministry leader, Debbie McWard.



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