In an ongoing partnership with AmeriCares, New Canaan Country School students and teachers gathered April 3 to assemble family hygiene kits that will replenish stock used during Typhoon Haiyan and other recent emergencies.

Working in multi-age "buddy" teams, the students put together kits that are designed to have all of the personal care items a family of four need while they are displaced, such as soap, shampoo and towels. The kits will be kept in the AmeriCares warehouse in Stamford and distributed to disaster survivors in the U.S. and around the world after tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other emergencies.

"Personal care items are particularly important for people displaced by major emergencies," AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia said. "We keep hundreds of these family emergency kits pre-positioned in our warehouse so we are ready to respond the moment disaster strikes."

The students raised more than $4,000 through various on-campus fundraisers, including a bake sale, dress down days, Bingo for AmeriCares and a contribution from the NCCS Kiva Club in order to purchase supplies. Earlier in the fall, the students heard from representatives from AmeriCares about the work the organization does.

"It's important to keep students connected to causes over an extended period of time," Director of Community Development Lynn Sullivan said. "By learning about an organization, then raising funds, then actually creating something with their own hands, the students get a more holistic perspective."