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Tenderness Totes

The Tehyathon program that is nearest and dearest to Tehya's heart is the Tenderness Totes program. It only seemed fitting that Tehyathon's Youth Group would be in charge of this important and worthy mission.

Tenderness Totes are small "survival packs" for the homeless. These pre-assembled tote bags contain food, water, and toiletries and are designed to be stored in a vehicle and given to a person in need at a moment’s notice. ttotes

Tenderness Totes are created and assembled by Spina Bifida patients and by members of Tehyathon's Youth Group. Each is fashioned with a note card containing various messages of encouragement and hope for the recipient. We affectionately refer to them as our "Tote Notes" and each one contains an inspirational picture or message that was drawn to express the child's wishes for each recipient.

Information for local shelters, soup kitchens, medical care, psychiatric care, and other community service organizations are also printed on the back of each notecard. It is our intention to fill each totebag with most, if not all of the items listed below. There may be times that we are unable to obtain all of the items, but we will do our best with what we have to offer.

Contributions made to Tehyathon allow us to purchase the supplies needed to produce and distribute Tenderness Totes to those in need.

  • A Nutrition Bar
  • A Bottle of Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Antiseptic Mouthwash (also used as antiseptic for cuts)
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Multivitamin Pack
  • Comb or Brush
  • Baby Wipes
  • Small First Aid Kit – Antibiotic Ointment, Q-Tips
  • Lots of Band-Aids (heel blisters)
  • Small Nail Clippers (short nails = less bacteria)
  • Rain Poncho
  • Small Flashlight
  • Free Phone Minute Card or
  • Stamped Letter with Letterhead - "A Note to My Loved One...."
  • A Tenderness Tote Note

Tote Note Quotes

If you would like to submit a "Tote Note Quote" to be considered for use with our Tenderness Totes, please email us with your idea for an inspiring message of hope and encouragement. We will contact you if we plan to use it in our Tenderness Totes. Please submit your tote note quote, your name, email address, and phone number. Thank you for taking time to help us create and share our Tenderness Totes.



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