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Beam of light: Gwen Samuel in Meriden, Middletown, and New Haven

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Gwen Samuel of the Connecticut Parents Union organized and fundraised an effort to purchase three free-standing handwashing stations for her neighborhood. Samuel realized not enough children are washing their hands and haven’t been taught the proper way to wash effectively. Samuel said, “We will help families understand the power of washing hands with soap and water by having kids actually washing their hands”.  

After children participate in the community hand washing course, each child will get their own “stay home, stay safe” self-care kit. These are age-appropriate bags that include: soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, Kleenex, age-appropriate books and crossword puzzles. The objective of the bags, in addition to clean hygiene, is to promote literacy and personal responsibility to be safe, practice self-discipline and follow the rules for the safety of the entire community.  

Samuel worked with local community health centers to get some of the supplies donated. Samuel has a goal of educating 100 families plans to launch the program this week in Meriden, Middletown and New Haven.  

Yankee Staff

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1 Comment

  1. Henry L. Eaddy
    April 2, 2020 @ 12:30 am

    We need many more role models like Gwen Samuel to become active in their communities. Our children are the future. Congratulation to Gwen Samuel, keep up the great work. God bless you. Henry L. Eadddy (RMM) Role Model Ministries. 4/2/2020


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