Amid school closures and statewide shutdowns, Spanish River High School students Nishah Jaferi and Jonathan Beres have kept themselves busy. To help the community amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the two seventeen year olds started their own charity program. The program, called Hello Hygienics, is aimed at combating barriers to fundamental wellness needs and providing handy, on-the-go, wellness kits with dental care, skin care, feminine hygiene products, and more to people in need.
Jaferi and Beres delivered 200 hygiene kits to The Lord’s Place, the West Palm Beach-based organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate, and effective services to men, women, and children in Palm Beach County. It houses more than 175 families and individuals per night and serves 1,900 people every year.
Each wellness kit included travel-sized essentials like deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, 5 reusable cloth masks, a bar of soap, and sunscreen.
“We believe that now in the midst of this pandemic, Hello Hygienics can have a profound effect. Along with distributing these kits, we hope to raise awareness of the barrier to sanitation faced by Palm Beach County’s low income population,” said Jaferi.
According to Beres, the duo’s goal is to distribute more than 3,500 kits to local residents under the poverty line and to help ensure that every person has access to sanitation. Beres and Jaferi teens are asking any individual or business interested in making a contribution for future distributions to visit their Amazon wishlist page.
In April, Hello Hygienics was awarded $10,000 through the Philanthropy Tank charity. Beres and Jaferi were selected to the prestigious program which gives young philanthropists an opportunity to present their nonprofit program ideas to a group of philathropist-investors who award grant money to each program and provide mentorship.