On January 9th, 2016 one of the volunteers, Nha-Han Pham, manufactured first aid kits to distribute during Store Day. During her winter break as a pre-medicine student from the University of Virginia, she wanted to organize a meaningful project to make use of her month long break. The first aid kits happened to be an ingenious idea since many people do not realize the need for a first aid kit until an accident already occurs.
“One of my reasons for wanting to be a doctor is to bring medical resources and attention to people affected by economic hardship. This group is often overlooked even though they are the ones could benefit the most from these medical resources. There are already so many food and clothing drives, but I haven’t heard of many that target their healthcare needs,” as she explained her mission behind her project.
Nha-Han contacted doctors in the local community to collect donations of medical supplies for the kits. She organized and packaged over 100 first aid kits which included bandaids, antibiotic cream, gauze, cleaning wipes, socks, and hand warmers. The Store Day participants valued and greatly appreciated some of the medical necessities and luxuries that they were able to bring home that day.