Calzy Care Kits
Our Calzy Care Kits came about from talking with our friends on the streets of London, as we handed out hot food on a Wednesday evening with a homeless charity outreach, PintGiving.
It became clear that, as well as a hot meal, they wanted to retain an element of self respect. Things such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and fresh wipes, new underwear and socks were requested. This led us to developing the Calzy Care Kits – one for women and one for men.
Men requested spray deodorants while women preferred roll-on, soft bristle toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste and shampoo. We have partnered with wonderful company called ‘Fresh Wipes’ who regularly donate boxes of their plastic-free, unscented body wipes. We add extras in depending on the season – for instance lip balm for cold winter months and small tubes of sunscreen for summer. Many of the ladies on the street also like to have nail files and hand cream.
We are coming to the end of our first year of street outreach, and the feedback on our Calzy Care Kits has been amazing, they offer our friends on the streets – many of whom are suffering trauma or PTSD or are on the streets to get away from domestic abuse or violence – an opportunity to start their day fresh and clean – helping in a small way to provide an uplifting moment or two to their self-esteem.
To date we have handed out 150 Calzy Care Kits – including some that have been sent to the Brighton Clock Tower Sanctuary.
Profits from the sale of our Calzy Vision clothing range will enable us to continue to provide just that little bit of self-esteem, pride and a fresh start to the day for those on the streets of our cities and towns.