After attending a CCC program, our goal is for guests to leave with more than just a smile – so we make sure everyone leaves with a Smile Bag containing personal care and educational items. While the contents of our Smile Bags change, our goal is for each bag to contain items like deodorant, hand sanitizer, lip balm, lotion, mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, markers, crayons, small notepads, pencils, and more.
Like so many throughout our community during the pandemic, CCC needed to reimagine and restructure our community-building outreach programs in 2020. After consulting with our partner agencies to determine how to best meet the needs of the community we serve within the new realities of Covid-19, our expanded Smile Bag Initiative was launched.
During our pandemic Smile Bag initiative, hundreds of teens and their families have volunteered to pack bags filled with personal care products, engaging activities, books, and necessary school supplies. These personalized bags have impacted nearly 10,000 children from all over Atlanta.
Additionally, though our recent Smile Bag Initiative is vastly different from CCC’s usual outreach work, we have remained committed to mobilizing our volunteers in new ways. Our teen volunteers are empowered to understand their ability to create change and build community connections in new ways. They understand that these projects are not just about packing supplies, but about assessing community needs and providing children in need with the resources to be more successful and cared for in very uncertain times.
CCC is always interested in sponsors who may be able to provide bulk items we need for Smile Bags, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer and more! Please contact Tara Kornblum if you’re interested in making a donation. You can also make a monetary donation to help support this project!