Would you like to make a big difference in someone’s health and welfare with only a little effort and NO MONEY? It’s a no-brainer, right?
This year, University of Rochester Libraries are partnering with a local volunteer organization called Sample Soap to collect as many toiletry items as we can between now and December 21. Sample Soap does not accept money; it’s all about the toiletries you don’t want – or grabbed from your last hotel stay. (Oops! Did we say that out loud?!?)
We invite you to contribute any extra toiletries that you have lying around your house or falling out of the medicine cabinet every time you open it. It’s easy! Just place them in the white Sample Soap buckets available at Edward G. Miner Library (Medical Center), Rush Rhees or Carlson Libraries (River Campus), Bibby Library (Eastman Dental Center), and Williams Library (Highland Hospital).
Examples include unopened soaps, shampoos, lotions, sewing kits, diapers, and cosmetics – basically any toiletries. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are especially needed, as these sorts of items are often not covered by food stamps or other government programs. Please note that donated items can be either full-size or travel-size.
Since its founding in 1990, Sample Soap has distributed over 50,000 pounds of toiletries to some of Rochester’s neediest citizens, including:
* Families and youth in transition
* The homeless
* Battered women
* AIDS Survivors
* Rape victims
* Migrant workers
Thanks for considering this worthy cause!