DSCF1500-2Cheryl Farley needed to get her mind off the pain after spinal surgery. So the caring, local nurse from Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, in Ontario, Oregon, started a project to help those in need. She put together one-gallon zip-lock bags with assorted hygiene supplies labeled: “Help change the life of a friend.”

The successful hygiene supply drive grew, and her living room is now home to more than 100 packets she hopes to distribute through local ambulance services and organizations like Harvest House. “The smallest thing can be huge to someone who doesn’t have anything,” said Farley.

Back in June, Farley did a couple of bake sales to promote her good hygiene initiative. As part of its Telmate Cares community outreach initiative, Telmate participated by holding fundraisers, then buying the supplies and filling up the packets.  From toothbrushes to toothpaste, and deodorant to razors, these packets contain essential assundries that not only give the needy the basics, but a sense of dignity.

Since the project started, Farley surpassed her goal of 100 packets and continues package more.

Telmate believes partnering with community-based projects like this, are a vital part of the company’s outreach initiatives. “Giving back and doing good for the communities we serve is all part embracing those communities and lending a helping hand when we can,” said Telmate Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Hansen.

Telmate Cares’ mission is to establish a positive brand in the communities we serve, aid in the recruitment of talented employees who want to make a difference and enhance corporate culture into one that embraces a sense of community.

For questions about the Telmate Cares program, please visit telmate.com/telmatecares