More than 329 lbs. of soap and bottled amenities were donated from various sources in the past few weeks by eager supporters of Clean the World from around the United States. And we are receiving more boxes, bins, and bags full of hygiene products each day.
Naked Hair Salon & More! of Delray Beach, Fla., donated 15 lbs. of soaps and bottled amenities donated by their clients. In fairness, the hair stylists are not naked, but the owners of Naked Hair Salon and More! couldn’t “bare” to see good beauty products go to waste. They organized a donation at the south Florida salon as a way to “give back to our environment” and limit landfill waste. The hygiene products were shipped via Clean the World corporate partner UPS to the Orlando recycling operations center in early May. “Thank you for allowing us to partner with you to make a difference,” they wrote.
Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla. conducted a soap drive as a service leadership project by its elementary school students after a visit by Clean the World in April. The students collected 77 lbs. of soaps and shampoos, which were dropped off in-person at the Orlando facility. “Your presentation worked,” said the students.
Allison and Jillian Samowitz, twin sisters from Golden Beach, Fla. who were featured in Reader’s Digest earlier this year, visited Clean the World’s Orlando headquarters and brought a gift of 28 lbs. of soap collected from their classmates at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The sisters, who met Clean the World CEO Shawn Seipler as both received Sustainable Florida Best Practices Awards last year, have formed an organization called Proseed2Green, which promotes environmental awareness in small communities. “We wanted to support this incredible cause,” they said.
Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., a local Clean the World partner, hosted a soap drive and collected 113 lbs. of store-bought soaps from hotel employees and friends. That’s above and beyond the guest-room amenities collections we regularly receive from this partner. Love to see that extra effort and passion helps save lives around the world.
After hearing an NPR interview that featured Clean the World, a group of women at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Arlington Heights, Ill., organized a community soap drive. The Christian Family Movement group collected 62 lbs. of soaps, hand sanitizers, shampoos, lotions and gels from parishioners and community residents.
“One of the missions of Christian Family Movement is to perform actions that promote social justice. This soap drive was a perfect fit for us,” they wrote.
And NAIOP, a commercial real estate trade association in Herndon, Va., organized a Clean the World soap drive over a two-week period after learning about Clean the World from our amenities partner, LATHER. The collection netted 16 lbs. of soaps and amenities for people in need.
When will you organize a soap drive in your community? It’s easy. Here’s how.
Thanks for all of our soap donation organizers — past, present, and future — for helping Clean the World.