(Pictured L-R) Akshat Mehta and Shree Nadkarni, both members of Boy Scout Troop 66 in Edison, deliver comfort kits to Michael Prasad, disaster services lead specialist with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region, at the Red Cross location in Westfield.
As part of his Life Scout Level project, Akshat and fellow scouts collected toiletry items, donated by individuals and local businesses in Middlesex and Union Counties, to include in the kits. Red Cross comfort kits contain personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and soap. The kits are distributed in Red Cross shelters following large disasters and are provided by Red Cross volunteers to families displaced by home fires. Akshat began collecting items for the project back in November and completed assembling the kits for delivery in late May.
“We encourage groups like the scouts to get involved with Red Cross volunteer service activities,” said Michael Prasad. “And we appreciate and applaud the work of these young men and the support it brings to Red Cross disaster relief efforts.”
About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region:
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; educated more than 15,000 community members about disaster preparedness; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 844 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; assisted 870 military members and their families facing deployment on how to access our services anywhere in the world; and trained 143,344 individuals with lifesaving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.