Now through Dec. 30, AAA Washington hosts its annual Soap for Hope toiletry drive for locals facing hygiene poverty. With that, AAA Washington members, shoppers and staff can bring unused hygiene products to any of its 15 locations across Washington State.
When it launched in 2008, AAA Washington’s Soap for Hope program encouraged its members and travel customers to donate unused toiletries acquired on trips. The drive has since expanded to include unopened, unused hygiene products of all sizes, like soap and body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shaving cream and razors, hairbrushes and combs for all ages and hair types, menstrual supplies, deodorant, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
“This annual drive is so important to our neighbors facing hygiene poverty,” says Laura Ray, vice president of Corporate Affairs and Environmental, Social, and Governance with AAA Washington, in a press release. “The simple act of donating toiletries can change lives, and we’re proud to have donated over 1.5 million items to those needing support since founding Soap for Hope. As a member-centric origination, we are honored to be able to support our communities through this annual campaign.”
Goods donated at each AAA Washington location for Soap for Hope will benefit a different local nonprofit this holiday season:
- Alderwood AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting the Lynwood Food Bank.
- Bellevue AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting Hopelink.
- Bellevue corporate office benefiting Acres of Diamonds.
- AAA Bremerton store benefiting the Key Peninsula Bischoff Food Bank and Kitsap Community Services.
- AAA Coeur d’Alene store benefiting Family Promise of Northern Idaho.
- Issaquah AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting The Sophia Way.
- Mount Vernon AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting the Stanwood Camano Food Bank.
- AAA Olympia store benefiting the First Baptist Meal Ministry and Tumwater School District.
- Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting the Queen Anne Food Bank
- Southcenter AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting Mary’s Place in Burien.
- Spokane AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting Transitions.
- Tacoma AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting The Salvation Army of Tacoma.
- Vancouver AAA Cruise & Travel store benefiting Share.
- AAA Wenatchee store benefiting the Serve of Wenatchee Valley.
- AAA Yakima store benefiting Jesse’s Place at Camp Hope.
Beyond the Soap for Hope holiday drive, donations are accepted year-round. For more information, visit www.aaa.com/SoapForHope.