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D. 204 in Joliet partners with BAG Lady Outreach

Archana Liggins, founder and CEO of BAG Lady Outreach provided two toiletry lockers to Central and West High School.
Archana Liggins, founder and CEO of BAG Lady Outreach provided two toiletry lockers to Central and West High School.

The Joliet Township High School Board of Education unanimously approved a Toiletry Locker Pilot Program for implementation at Joliet Central and West High Schools at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting.

The program, a partnership with the 501c3 organization, BAG Lady Outreach, is the first of its kind for the organization and will provide lockers filled with toiletry supplies that students at both campuses can access if needed.

The project provides two lockers that will be housed in the PPS Offices at Joliet Central and Joliet West High School.

This location was selected strategically to provide further assistance and resources to students who are observed to be in regular need of items.

Staff will notify BAG Lady Outreach when items are low, and they will be re-stocked at no cost to the district.

The partnership is spearheaded by Archana Liggins, founder and CEO of BAG Lady Outreach.

As the agency relations area lead for the Northern Illinois Food Bank for Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties, Liggins founded BAG Lady Outreach in January 2019 based on her belief that every underserved person deserves to have dignity through access to hygiene product.

What started out as providing 38 “blessing bags” to those in need in honor of her 38th birthday, has grown to 4,000 bags distributed locally this year alone throughout Cook, Will and Kankakee County, along with sending donations internationally to Africa the Bahamas.

Kristine Schlismann, JTHS Director of Community and Alumni Relations, worked with Liggins on the program implementation.

About BAG Lady Outreach:

BAG Lady Outreach, an Illinois non-profit (501c3) organization, is currently a volunteer-ran organization.

The specific purpose of BAG Lady Outreach is to help realign men and women in underserved communities with resources and support to alleviate poverty and promote community.

BAG Lady Outreach collects and repurpose essential tangible products and resources; and coordinates activities and events to support families in need (regardless of their race, ethnicity, or religion).

Bag Lady Outreach’s vision is that one day everyone living in the US will have access to essential products, accessories, resources and encouragement to feel confident, healthy, loved and supported.

Bag Lady Outreach’s vision is that one day everyone living in the U.S. will have access to essential products, accessories, resources and encouragement to feel confident, healthy, loved and supported.

Contact Liggins at bagladyoutreach@gmail.com or 708.232.3930.

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