When many of our participants leave prison and jail, they have nothing. All of the basic hygiene items most of us take for granted are highly valued essentials for those returning to the community. TRI likes to welcome back our participants with backpacks that are filled with items that will meet not only their basic needs but will also help them transition more effectively. Having all of their items in one backpack that they can carry with them is vital. Please review the lists below and if you are able to make a donation of any or all of the items, including the backpack, we would be very grateful.

Welcome Backpacks*

One Backpack that will include the following items:

  • Tube of toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
  • Twin blade disposable razors
  • Can of shaving cream
  • Can of hairspray
  • Bottle of shampoo
  • Bottle of conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Bottle of lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Two pair of white socks
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Pocket calendar
  • Notepad
  • Folder
  • Water bottle
  • Bar of body soap
  • Bath towel
  • Washcloth
  • Pkg cleansing wipes
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Small box or bag (14.8 ounces) powdered clothing detergent
  • Small box of cotton swabs
  • Package of sanitary napkins
  • Package of tampons
  • Pair of tweezers
  • Clipper
  • Nail file
  • Make up remover towelettes
  • Small box of Band-Aids
  • Lock with combination or key
  • Protein bar
  • Rain poncho

For Winter:

  • Mittens
  • Scarf
  • Warm knit cap
  • Hand warmers

*We can provide resource support and backpacks to men who come to the Our Center asking for help. They don’t need the hairspray or feminine hygiene products.