Y-12 supports neighbors in need

Posted: February 26, 2015 - 4:11pm

Y-12 employees recently donated an estimated $750 worth of personal hygiene items to Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, or ADFAC, so the agency could restock its Crisis Cupboard. Each year, ADFAC, a United Way agency, provides more than 800 families with personal items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Items Y-12 collected include shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, bar soap and disposable baby diapers and wipes.

“I appreciate Y-12’s generous contribution because the annual need for these items is great, and many months, our cupboards are bare,” said Liz Herbes, ADFAC’s social services program director. “It would be wonderful if we had donations of these items every month since we have so many clients who could use them!”

Herbes said her clients live at or below the federal government poverty level and are struggling with the smallest necessities of life. “Many of my clients tell me they do without or wash their hair and clothes with dish soap since this is all they have,” she said. “We often have folks come in asking for toilet paper, and I think how difficult that must be.”

Y-12 employees Elaine Warren and Joy Evans helped coordinate the collection efforts, and Construction employees picked up and delivered the items to ADFAC. “When I looked at the boxes and bags of items that were donated to benefit ADFAC, I realized that each one of those items will help a person or a family who might not be able to purchase them,” Warren said.

“This donation from Y-12 employees will go a long way to provide comfort to many families in need. I know there will be a lot of mothers who will be happy to see the diapers and wipes sitting on the shelves at ADFAC!”

Evans said she appreciated Y-12 employees’ enthusiastic response and was glad to lend a hand in coordinating the collection. “Volunteering my time and donating a few items is something small I can do that will make a big difference,” she said. “I know the items will get to those who need them most.”

Established in the mid-1980s, ADFAC is an independent non-profit agency that serves the basic needs of primarily low-income residents in Anderson and surrounding Appalachian counties. For more information visit the agency’s website.