ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — Social work students at East Central University spent the week passing out hygiene kits to those in need in Ada. 

Every semester, the Social Work Student Association identifies a need in the community and works to address it. 

This was the first year for students to deliver personal hygiene kits. 

“I’m in constant communication with our community agencies who provide services to those in need, and it was a need they recognized with homelessness on the rise,” said assistant social work professor Destany Schafer-Morgan. “We thought it would be beneficial because a lot of these people don’t have access to a lot of basic necessities, so our students wanted to help in any way that they could.” 

Schafer-Morgan said projects like this help meet needs in the Ada community. 

“The hygiene kits were passed out by our students yesterday at local parks and the Ada Public Library," Schafer-Morgan said. "It really immerses them in the field of social work ... and really gets their hands in there and involved with community members.”

The SWSA project also highlights Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, set for November 13-21. 

The ECU Wesley Foundation supplied items for the hygiene kits.