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PurNet employees make Community Day a time to help others

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Purnet employees fashion bags out of gently used T-shirts during Community Day, an event where they worked to create and fill 250 bags with personal hygiene items to donate to the Southwest Crisis Center in Worthington. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Employees of PurNet Inc. of Worthington recently made 250 bags from gently used T-shirts and filled them with personal hygiene items to donate to the Southwest Crisis Center in Worthington.

The project was part of a Community Day event — an annual activity encouraged by PurNet’s parent company, Vizient Inc.

With hundreds of donated items, morning and afternoon shift employees of PurNet went to work to fashion the T-shirts into bags that could be filled with a wash cloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving kit, body lotion, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, socks, feminine hygiene products, a PurNet pen and a handmade card.

In addition to donated the filled bags to the crisis center, PurNet also delivered the rest of the leftover supplies to the local agency that works with victims of domestic violence or exploitation.

Kari Voss-Drost, assistant director of the Southwest Crisis Center, said the donation means a lot to the agency.

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“It means that we have at least one more item we can offer to someone and say, ‘This is donated by someone in the community;’ to say ‘You are valuable and you mean something to this community,” she said.

Voss-Drost added that many of the individuals receiving assistance from the crisis center are leaving situations in a hurry. They may not have time or the opportunity to collect things they will need before they leave. She said the bags will be used by both adults and children, and anticipates the supply will last six to 12 months.

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