Children at Central Christian Academy created 26 comfort kits for families affected by disaster and recently gave them to the American Red Cross in Arkansas’ Conway office, according to a news release. The project allows the children to give back to the community.

The academy is an educational program that serves children between age 6 weeks to 5 years and school age children for after school for working and stay at home mothers, according to the group’s website.

CCA staff developed the program for comfort kits, or bags filled with personal toiletry items like toothpaste and toothbrushes. The kits include items like soap, washcloths, a comb and brush. The kits will make a difference in the community by helping families at their worst hour, according to the release.

Trained Red Cross Disaster Responders respond to more than 1,500 disasters every year across Arkansas. Most of those disasters are residential fires.

To raise funds to purchase comfort-kit items, students, with the organization of staff member Youlonda Chappell, gathered items donated by businesses and restaurants for a silent auction. Additional auction items such as paintings on Toms shoes, basketball camp and American Red Cross first aid courses were also donated. The auction was set up in the lobby of the school for a week. At the end of the week, funds were collected from the highest bidders.

CCA students put the comfort kits together with cards they made for each bag that will eventually be given to a family after a disaster. The kits were presented to American Red Cross in Arkansas Disaster Zone Manager Pat Fry and American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer Brigette Williams.

The project is a joint effort, according to the release. Chappell approached Executive Director Cristin Jensen about creating the project. CCA Site Director Barbara Jackson, who has volunteer experience with the Red Cross, suggested creating comfort kits.