Bartlesville, OK, May 21, 2020 – There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The message is that it takes many of us working together to achieve positive outcomes. On Thursday, The PlayForBurk Foundation distributed 275 hygiene kits, also known as Burk Bags, as part of the ongoing community effort to support local families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money for this project came from a combination of previously donated funds together with additional funds from the Bartlesville Regional United Way that Phillips 66 donated to be designated specifically to help people suffering as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
The Burk Bag project is an ongoing program of the foundation that is headed by Mindy Fielder, a member of the board of directors. “I am so proud to be a part of a foundation that focuses on the youth of
our community,” said Fielder. “Good hygiene is important at all ages, and to be able to provide families with hygiene items, especially in times like these, is very important to us as a foundation.”
The kits were distributed at both Madison and Central Middle Schools to those coming to pick up food in the morning. The actual bags to hold the products were donated by the local branch of Regent Bank and contained items such as shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, a hair brush, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. The bags designated for girls also included products specific to their needs.
“We are all working together as a community to try to meet the ongoing needs of our students and their families,” said Joey Eidson, principal of Madison Middle School. “The Burk Bags are a seemingly small gesture that makes a big impact in the lives of those receiving them. We appreciate the foundation and all they do to support the youth of Bartlesville.”