Viola Davis helps out as an advocate for the Vaseline Healing Project with Direct Relief at Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center
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These kits contain everyday items like soap, hairbrushes, tooth brushes and Vaseline.
The event took place at Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center – one of the largest providers of accessible, free, or low-cost health and social services in LA. Eisner provides vital services every year to more than 34,000 individuals and families from Downtown, South and Central LA.
82% of Eisner patients live at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. For many these ordinary items are taken for granted in our day to day life, but for those affected by extreme poverty these items can help them get back to everyday life.
The Vaseline Healing Project is an aid effort in partnership with Direct Relief to provide dermatological care, medical supplies and Vaseline Jelly needed to help heal the skin of people living on the frontlines of crisis & disaster, or affected by extreme poverty.
The program aims to heal the skin of 5 million people on the frontlines by 2020. In 2015 alone, Vaseline has donated 1 million jars of Vaseline Jelly globally through Direct Relief and sponsored dermatological missions to Kenya, the Philippines, and Jordan. In 2016, they will return to Jordan, as well as India, Nepal and South Africa.