Care Kits Project Completed
Fernandina Beach, FL – We of the Pod Yoga Studio heartily extend great appreciation to the participants and organizations involved in the Care Kits Project. Through their efforts, a dozen boxes filled with 131 kits comprised of basic hygiene supplies have been shipped to Heart to Heart International who will deliver them to refugees in Europe and other areas of crises. Quality hygiene items that did not meet the size or packaging criteria specified for the kits were sent to a relief organization for Syrian refugees and other refugees from around the world who are now living in Jacksonville. Thanks to Julie Pitois for organizing these “left overs”.

We extend our thanks to the following organizations for allowing us to place “Yogapod™ Bins” in their facilities in which clients, members, and customers donated items for the kits. We include in this list those organizations who offered hygiene supplies from their inventory.

-Amelia Dental Group
Amelia Styling Salon
-Centred on Yoga
-Community Yoga
-Dollar Market (new on 8th Streeet)
-Fernandina Beach Branch Library
-Fernandina Beach Middle School
-Fernandina Branch of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
-Go Yoga
-Jewish Community of Amelia Island
-New Vision Congregational Church
-Pod Yoga
-Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

We give special thanks to the Student Council of Fernandina Beach Middle School who organized the collection of supplies from the students, to Jeannie Skully for her logistics expertise and great help in completing last minute tasks, to Janet Michea, and Beate Harle for cheerfully helping to prepare for the assembling of the packets, to Josie Barber for added effort during the packing process, and to all those who anonymously gave of their generous financial assistance for expensive shipping to HHI. We also appreciate all the businesses and organizations online and around town who publicized the project.

Finally, our deepest heartfelt appreciation goes to the “Care Kits Gang” who spent all Saturday morning on October 17 assembling the kits. The “Gang” was made up of four parent/child teams who with effervescence, dedication, and good humor got the job done: Joshua (“Rambo”) Barber, Josie (“Sunshine”) Barber, Julie (“Cupcake”) Jennejahn, Marnie (“Aurora”) Jennejahn, Julie (“Gorgeous”) Pitois, Laura (“Sparkle”) Pitois, Léa (“Princess”) Pitois, David (“Handsome”) Oberholzer, and Marie (“Pocahontas”) Oberholzer.

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