Be Interactive Nashville Student Health Supply Drive

In Nashville, many students live in poverty.

Some students lack access to even basic healthcare supplies, like deodorant and toothpaste. This is a way in which inequality in healthcare is invisible to most of us, but hurting the physical and mental health of teens.

As a part of our summer Healthcare grant theme, we are holding a supply drive in collaboration with Metro Nashville Public Schools to serve these basic needs. Your donations will be used to stock supply rooms, linking elementary, middle, and high school students to the resources they need via school health centers, nurses, counselors, and teachers. We are partnering with Community Achieves, a district-led community school initiative, to help ensure these items go directly to students in need.

With our help, students who are now choosing not to participate in PE or other physical activities because they can’t afford deodorant will be able to take part—and avoid bullying and harassment. Please spread the word and pitch in!

Metro Nashville Public Schools is in need of the following new, unopened items:

  • Deodorant – biggest need
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Hand Soap (with pump)
  • Combs, Brushes
  • Face Wash (acne-wash)
  • Toothpaste
  • Flushable Wipes
  • Toothbrushes

Thank you so much for your generosity. As you consider which items to purchase, please DO NOT include the following:

1. Thanks to a massively successful effort this past fall, over 400,000 period products were donated for young women, and they are set for years to come. Please do not donate pads, tampons, etc.

2. Because Tennessee is an abstinence-only sex ed state, the schools cannot hand out condoms, so please don’t donate those as they will be thrown away. Want to work on changing Nashville’s abstinence-only sex ed policy? Volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Tennessee.

Here are all the supplies one middle school has left:

we can do more