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Direct Relief Volunteers Pitch In To Create Care Packages

Even before the deadly typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines, Direct Relief had supplies in the area.

The early planning overseas allowed the Goleta-based nonprofit to focus on an annual event that helps people in need in Santa Barbara County.

Every December, volunteers line up to create personal care kits for families.

Volunteers of all ages made 2,000 kits on Tuesday. They filled orange bags with toiletries and first-aid supplies. Organizers said the items in each bag would cost about $50 at the drug store. Manufacturers donated most the items, including Roc wrinkle cream and Q-Tips.

Students from the Montessori Center School alsovolunteered. Sofia Schuster showed off handmade cards that the students made to add a personal touch.

Volunteers are welcome to join the assembly line again Wednesday, when 1,000 bags especially for men will be made.

The event at 27 S. La Patera Lane in Goleta starts at 2 p.m.

Fore more information on how to help or donate, visit

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