Pat and Dena Taylor lost their daughter, Missy, in 2013 to cervical cancer. She was a single-mother of three who deeply loved her community.
Missy’s stepmother, Dena, was searching for a way to honor Missy and represent the type of person she was. After a trip to South Carolina to visit her niece, Dena was inspired to see her niece creating hygiene kits for homeless people, and that’s where she got the idea.
“It makes us sad sometimes when we think about that we’re actually doing something in her memory, but we know that if she truly knew what was going on, she would be so happy. That’s just the type of person she is,” said Dena.
Missy’s Soap for Hope started in 2016, but has gradually grown over the last two years. Shampoos, conditioners, bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc. are collected in a storage closet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville, WV.
Dena saw a need for hygiene kits for the Sissonville schools and started zipping up a few items in plastic bags to give to the schools who distribute them out.
Dena sees how greatly this helps students, because toiletries and other back-to-school items can be very expensive.
As the new school year is right around the corner, donations are needed more frequently to keep up with the demand. Full-sized items are preferred, but travel-size also does the trick.
If you’d like to donate, items they’re accepting are:
– Hand towels
You can take items to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Lisa Godwin State Farm Agency, or make arrangements with Pat and Dena Taylor to have them pick them up items directly (304) 552-7146.
Check donations are also accepted and can be made out to Aldersgate United Methodist Church with the memo “Missy’s Soap for Hope.”