Toiletries drive for homeless staged in west Menlo Park neighborhood

by Linda Hubbard on January 3, 2014

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to clean out drawers, which may include accumulated hotel soaps, lotions and shampoos? Hildy Agustin and Pam Salvatierra, who live in the Stanford Oaks neighborhood of Menlo Park, offer an alternative to tossing them out. Explains Hildy:

“We know many of our neighbors travel regularly and may be in a position to collect single use toiletries, such as shampoos, combs, lotions, and soaps. As you travel, please collect any spare, unused toiletries, and bring them to the box that has been placed outside Pam and Oscar’s house at 1794 Stanford Avenue, near Lemon.

“Toiletries like this are really useful for homeless folks, and shelters are always in need of such goodies. It’s such an easy way to give, and the collected items will be donated to an organization that works with the homeless.”

Photo by Irene Searles

One Comment

Kclancy January 07, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Great to see this article about collecting toiletries. For many years we have been collecting toiletries for the local homeless shelter in my classroom at Oak Knoll School. We try to make two deliveries a year. The students really look forward to delivery days because they can see where the toiletries are going and we get a tour of the shelter. It makes them feel so good inside and it is a terrific experience for all of us.

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