Fayetteville Salvation Army Provides Handwashing Stations for Homeless

Wet. Lather. Scrub for 20 seconds. Rinse. Dry.

The CDC recommends these five hand washing steps for good health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, these five steps are lifesaving. But not everyone has access to soap and water. Or cleaning supplies. Or even hand sanitizer.

“How can you wash your hands when you are living on the streets? With no running water? No soap? Without access to these basic necessities, the homeless people in our community are most at risk,” said Major Tim Grider of The Salvation Army of the Sandhills Region. “We knew we had to do something to help solve this problem.”

Last week, The Salvation Army partnered with the Cumberland County Department of Public Health and a local company to provide 24/7 outdoor hand washing stations around downtown Fayetteville, NC. Two of the hand washing stations are outside of The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.

“We have seen a tremendous response to the hand washing stations, especially at mealtimes,” added Grider. “The mission of The Salvation Army is to meet basic human needs in the name of Jesus Christ. As news of the pandemic spread, it became apparent to us that access to soap and water would be a basic need.”

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