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Alliance plans 2013 Head to Toe service project

3,000 kits will help New Orleans women and children in need

New Orleans—The Alliance of the ADA is working to collect at least 3,000 Head-to-Toe project kits in conjunction with its annual convention and the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans this fall.

H2T kits include a hat, a pair of socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and personal care items for women or a small toy for children. The Alliance will donate the kits to New Orleans METRO, an agency that provides essential services for abused women and children.

"We had such positive response in Las Vegas to our first H2T that we knew we needed to continue this effort," said Johanna Manasse, Olympia Fields, Ill., one of the project's coordinators. "Alliance members from across the country are collecting and packaging items at home and sending them to the AADA Central Office in Chicago or preparing to pack them when they come to New Orleans. You don't have to be an Alliance member to be a part of this project."

Mrs. Manasse emphasizes that creating a H2T kit for donation is easy.

"Gather a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, perhaps a hygiene instruction booklet from your office and place it in a zip top bag along with an age- and gender-specific hat, a pair of socks and maybe a small toy or book. Then pack it in your carry-on bag when you're ready to head for New Orleans."

The Alliance will also accept monetary donations to support the project both on-site and in advance. Checks or donations of multiple kits can be sent by Sept. 15 to the Alliance Central Office at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 730, Chicago, IL 60611.

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