Want to Help Your Vulnerable Neighbors?  Donate Personal Care Items for Good To Go.

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – As families everywhere hunker down at home to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, you may wonder what’s happening to people who don’t have family to help. Perhaps you’ve wondered what’s happening with the most vulnerable members of our community. Hopefully you’ve wondered how we can come together to help them.

One simple and effective way is by donating personal care items for MHA’s Good To Go initiative. Good To Go collects donations of basic personal care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products and socks. MHA then provides these items to people served by the agency who are intellectually or developmentally disabled, challenged by mental health, new in their recovery from addiction, or chronically homeless.

“A member of MHA’s Outreach team came into the office today and said, ‘The Good to Go inventory is getting low!’ and she was right,” said Kimberley A. Lee, VP Resource Development and Branding for MHA. “As the virus crisis continues, many individuals served by MHA’s Outreach Team need extra help. These are folks who are living independently, but who because of a mental health challenge or intellectual disability require just a few hours a week of visits to ensure for their health and wellbeing. They live on their own in the community with little or no family, so MHA team members are their trusted caregivers. By supporting their very immediate need for personal care items, we can help them stretch their tight budgets and leave them more money for food.  Community members who may not be  spending money on social activities might perhaps like to instead direct some of that savings into items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, and socks, so we can replenish the Good To Go inventory. We also accept donations of reading materials like books and magazines, which can help people pass the days.”

In keeping with current CDC recommendations to limit personal contact, donations should be delivered to MHA’s main office at 995 Worthington Street, Springfield. Please leave them by the employee entrance on the side of the building and contact Kim Lee at 413-233-5343 or klee@mhainc.org to let know her know that items have been left for Good To Go.

About MHA:

What We Do
MHA (Mental Health Association) helps people live their best life. We provide access to therapies for emotional health and wellness; services for substance use recovery, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury; services for housing and residential programming, and more. With respect, integrity and compassion, MHA provides each individual served through person-driven programming to foster independence, community engagement, wellness and recovery.

Why We Matter
The youth, adults, seniors and families we serve want the same things in life as anyone: to have friends, work, go to school, have meaningful relationships, express themselves (and be heard), and be accepted in their community for who they are. With our help and resources from a caring community, people can live their potential, in their community, every day.

How We Think
Starting in the 1960s, MHA’s groundbreaking efforts and advocacy helped to transition people away from institutional living to a life in our community. This became a model for the deinstitutionalization movement. Today, our leadership continues to advance awareness of mental health conditions and needs at local, regional and national levels. We drive compassionate care for those challenged by mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury and more.